Eastwood tyre business fights closure order

Bosses behind a tyre fitting business that was ordered to close for operating without planning permission believe there is “no reason” for fresh plans to be rejected.

Kays Tyres, in Rayleigh Road, Eastwood, has submitted a planning application to operate a tyre repair and sales service – despite being ordered to close down after a previous application was refused.

Planning officers are set to recommend the plan is refused during a development control meeting set to take place tomorrow.

However, owners believe they have taken care of the previous reasons for refusal.

Owner Karsaz Hassan said: “We’ve been dealing with reasons for refusal and we are not looking to give up because there is no reason to.

“We passed a noise assessment so there is no excuse.

“We’ve spent a lot of money on solicitors and we are now looking to get it accepted.”

The business is operating in a former storage area which has been enclosed with bricks and corrugated sheeting and an industrial door fitted to the front.

The site backs on to homes which planning officers said could be affected by the nature of the business.

A report to councillors on the development control committee says the applicant has provided two sets of floor plans which provide contradictory information regarding the layout of the existing tyre store and fitting arrangements.

In July a previous application to turn the site into an MOT testing station was refused on the grounds it would harm neighbouring residential properties with noise and fumes. An enforcement notice was subsequently issued.

Although a noise assessment had been carried out, officers said it was “not reasonable to approve the application with a condition requiring noise mitigation measures as the impacts have not been fully quantified”.

The report for tomorrow’s meeting said: “The scheme fails to constitute sustainable development when considered in the round, has not overcome the earlier reason for refusal and reasons for issuing an enforcement notice, and is found to be unacceptable and is therefore recommended for refusal.

“Inadequate information has been provided to demonstrate that the proposed development would not result in significant and demonstrable harm to the residential amenity of neighbouring occupiers in terms of noise disturbance.

“This is unacceptable.”

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Christine Sexton

Local Democracy Reporter