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Theatre company wins accomodation appeal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

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A THEATRE company will now be allowed to welcome its actors into temporary accommodation after it won an appeal.

Karie Musson appealed the decision of South Derbyshire District Council after it twice rejected her plans for a 10-person house at Linton House, in High Street, Linton, citing highway safety and living conditions of the actors.

Alan Wood, an independent Government inspector, visited the house for the appeal but said he could find ‘no substantial technical evidence’ to demonstrate that the development had resulted in an unacceptable level of risk to highway safety.

In a previous refusal by councillors, they stated that the house was on a dangerous bend, making vehicles manoeuvring around parked vehicles on the bend hazardous.

In addition, members said that the unauthorised use of the site had revealed that vehicles at the premises often mounted the footpath, causing a major obstruction for pedestrians.

Members also added that the lack of space in the house forced occupants to loiter on the pavement, causing a disturbance to neighbours.

The first application, which was rejected in November 2011, also attracted opposition from Linton Parish Council and 13 letters of objection from residents which cited parking problems, litter and claims that some residents had been seen at windows wearing only their underwear.

The applicant already lives in the property with her family and it is a base from which they run their theatrical production business.

Mr Wood admitted that coaches which bring the visitors to the home and park on the road outside the property restrict the visibility of motorists.

However, he said: “The highway authority has raised no objection to the development and I note that vehicles could have been parked in this location in relation to the previous retail use, and there are no parking restrictions in this part of Main Street.”

With regards to the lack of space for visitors, the inspector said: “Given the intermittent nature of the use and the fact that the occupants are essentially guests of the appellant (Mrs Musson), I find no substantive grounds for the provision of additional amenity space in this case.”

Mr Wood issued temporary permission giving councillors the opportunity for a ‘trial run’ to monitor the impact of the activity associated with the development.

The development will become unauthorised if no further planning permission for the use is granted before the expiry of the time limit of the temporary permission.

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