Pharmacy Planning Update - June 2014

Author:Ms Hanna Virta
Profession:Charles Russell LLP

A Planning Inspector has granted temporary permission for a new home/internet pharmacy in West Yorkshire, to allow the use to be monitored by the local planning authority with a view to assessing impact on parking and residential amenity.

Planning permission was refused by City of Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council for change of use of the ground and first floor of a terraced house, from C3 residential to an internet pharmacy - which in this case was classified as a sui generis use (i.e. a use not falling within any of the classes set out in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987).

The Council was concerned that the proposal would, in virtue of the external signage and internal layout proposed, attract passing trade, which, in addition to increased traffic to and from the business by staff, customers, suppliers and delivery vehicles, was deemed an inappropriate commercialisation of the residential area, with an adverse effect on residential amenity through noise, general disturbance and increased pressure on limited on-street parking.

The Appellant argued that the type of signage and the...

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