The cars have finally left The Oaks


It has been a long time coming but last week saw the remaining cars leave the former Oaks Garden Centre site.

After two retrospective planning permission attempts and a failed appeal, BCP Planning Enforcement have finally taken action and forced the car sales to leave the site. There are still unresolved issues here, but more action is still to be taken.

Follow the link to read the full notice of the breach of planning control.

Pip Williams, Planning Enforcement Manager at BCP council has stated: “Without planning permission, the material change of use of land from a retail garden centre site to a mixed use of garden centre and (i) land used for unauthorised vehicle sales and associated parking/storage of vehicles, including those for sale; and (ii) use of single storey buildings used in association with the vehicle sales for office administration in connection with the vehicle sales; and (iii) the erection within the land of a building for preparation (washing) of cars”.
 
The requirements of the notice are:
 
(i) Cease the use of the land for vehicle sales, together with vehicle parking/storage of vehicles, including those for sale;
(ii) Cease the use of single storey buildings used in association with the vehicle sales for office administration in connection with the vehicle sales;
(iii) Remove all vehicles and all business equipment from the land;
(iv) Remove any plant, machinery and vehicle paraphernalia, used in connection with the vehicle sales, from the land.
(v) Dismantle the building erected for vehicle washing and remove all materials from the land to which the notice relates.
 
The period of compliance with the requirements of the notice is four months. This being now from date of the appeal decision notice, (the date being as cited - 8 June 2022).”

There will be more to tell you about this site in the near future.


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