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Car Repair business next door

Good evening – what can I do about my neighbour who runs a car repair service from his garage at the side of his house - this is a residential area. Richard.

This sounds like it might be an unauthorised use, which is specifically prohibited by the planning acts of 1963a and 1976 – I am assuming there is no planning permission for this unauthorised development.

 Section 3 of the 1963 Act defines development as “ ………….. the carrying out of any works on in or under land or the making of any material changes in the use of any structures or other land”.

The section goes on to describe any development as mentioned by the listener as requiring planning permission because the use of the land “shall be taken as having materially changed”.

Richard, you have two options. Firstly you can take photographs of the unauthorised development and contact the Enforcement Department of your local Council and make a formal complaint.    They will send out an inspector and will serve an enforcement notice on your neighbour requiring him or her to cease the unauthorised use of the property.

 Secondly if the local authority are unduly slow about this you can go to your own solicitor about seeking an injunction against your neighbour from carrying out his unauthorised development.

 

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