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Enforcement action to be taken on house in Redhill being used as car sales business

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Gedling Borough Council is to take enforcement action against a house being used as a car sales business in Redhill.

The local authority said it received complaints about a car sales business operating from Angela Close in April 2021.

It said photos and registration logs showed cars were being sold from the property by the tenant, with customers viewing cars and paperwork being exchanged on the driveway and the residential street.


Gedling Borough Council
is to take enforcement action against a house being used as a car sales business in Redhill.

The local authority said it received complaints about a car sales business operating from Angela Close in April 2021.

It said photos and registration logs showed cars were being sold from the property by the tenant, with customers viewing cars and paperwork being exchanged on the driveway and the residential street.

Internet adverts for the same vehicles demonstrated that a business was being operated from the address, the council said.

In addition, vehicles were being prepared for sale at the premises with vacuum cleaners photographed in use on vehicles and visits from valeting companies.

The activity was noted at various times of day, including late at night.

The council wrote to both the owner and tenant of the property in May 2021 advising that the business use was unauthorised and should cease immediately.

In response to the letter, the owner wrote to his tenant on June 3 advising that any business use ceases. Despite contact from the council and owner of the property, the business activity continued.

On August 24, there was another car on the drive for sale with an associated internet advert.

The car was later photographed being sold by the tenant on the street.

In September, the council received reports of another vehicle on the driveway awaiting sale.

At this time, the property had transferred ownership and the managing agent for the new owner said they had written to the tenant stressing that the activity ceases.

Gedling Borough Council Civic Centre
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The tenant made first contact with the council via email on September 15.

He gave assurances that he would cease the activity. He admitted to selling “a few cars a month” but disputed it amounted to a breach of planning control.

The council has, however, received reports that cars are still being stored at the property in relation with the business.

Councillors met on Wednesday, October 13, at a planning meeting to agree that enforcement action is taken.

The council said: “Angela Close is a residential cul-de-sac within the built up area of Redhill comprising of detached two storey properties.

“Number 4 Angela Close is located at the end of the cul-de-sac adjacent to the turning head.

“The use of the premises to operate a car sales business is not incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house and requires planning permission. No such permission has been applied for nor granted.

“This area of Redhill is characterised by well-kept and well-presented residential properties. There is no other commercial use in the immediate vicinity. The operation of a car sales business is an alien feature at a residential property and is out of character for this residential street.

“It is considered that the level of activity on site and number of vehicular movements associated with the use is detrimental to neighbours’ amenities and will cause noise and disturbance to the occupiers of nearby dwellings affecting their enjoyment of their homes.

“It is considered the business is likely to cause an increase in vehicle movements, with customers viewing and purchasing vehicles.

“Evidence submitted to the council indicates that the highway is being used to park vehicles that are for sale as well as those of customers.

“It is noted that at times, vehicles associated with the business activity are being parked in the turning head of the cul-de-sac and across neighbouring driveways, resulting in little room for other users of the road to turn vehicles around or access property.

“Although the tenant has given written undertakings to cease the use of the residential premises for the car sales business, cars are still brought to the site for storage.

“In any case the operator of the business has been told numerous times since April 2021 to cease the business activities from home but failed to do so.”

The council will now commence enforcement action without delay by issuing a planning enforcement notice requiring the end of the unauthorised business.

It will also see the removal of the vehicles which are being stored for sale, and if the notice is not complied with then the council said proceedings should be taken in the courts if necessary.

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