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Car wash plan for land in Carlton rejected as it would have ‘harmful effect’ on appearance of surrounding area

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Plans to build a car wash in Carlton have again been rejected following the latest appeal by landowners.

IDD Commercial put forward a proposal to operate a hand car wash and valeting business on empty land next to the Inn For A Penny pub on Burton Road last year.

It was the second time a car wash had been proposed on the land, with an application in 2019 getting the thumbs down from council planners.

The submission of revised plans was met with anger from local residents, who set up a campaign to stop proposals getting the green light.

The application for planning permission was eventually rejected at a meeting of Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee back in January of this year.

Following the rejection, land owners referred the decision to the Planning Inspectorate in a bid to get the decision overturned – and the decision was made yesterday (May 10) to dismiss the appeal following a report by their inspectors.

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The report said that “Due to the size, design and form of the proposals, they would appear as alien features and be at odds with the character and appearance of the area.

It also stated that ‘the proposal would have a harmful effect on the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

Campaigners were informed of the decision yesterday.

A campaign spokesman said: “We are delighted with this news but our overwhelming emotion is one of relief.

“This unpopular and unwanted proposal has been hanging over this community for over two years now but the Planning Inspectorate have come to the right conclusion in dismissing this final appeal”

“For the record the case history shows that three separate sets of plans over two planning cases as well as an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate have all been rejected when subjected to close scrutiny by key bodies. 

“As a community body we feel entirely vindicated now that one of the country’s senior planning figures has confirmed that this was a poorly thought through business idea entirely unsuited to this neighbourhood location and one that has continually fallen short when assessed against planning law.”

Gedling Eye has contacted IDD Commercial for a comment.

You can read the report in full here: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/ViewCase.aspx?caseid=3267371

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