Successful change of use of land for new Exeter self-storage company

ittle did we know when we first met the director of Your Store Exeter Ltd that we might be calling upon his services, having secured planning permission of a site just off Marsh Barton.

A redecoration of the office and needing temporary relocation of storage boxes, Your Store Exeter is ideally placed, just behind Lidl on Powlesland Road.  c2c Planning Consultants secured permission in May, changing the use of the site from the storage and distribution of fleet vehicles.

We wish Stuart and his team every success!

Isn’t it a shame when the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing?

I’ve been reading about a young couple in Wyke who have been using a piece of Green Belt land they purchased from Bradford Council as a garden for some three years.

They bought the plot from the Council with a contract stating ‘the land not to be used for any purpose other than as a private garden‘.Land in the Green Belt, adjacent to residential property, used as garden

Image their surprise when the planning department wrote to advise that any change of its use, including its use as a garden, or anything that is erected on the site requires planning permission.

Whilst I expect that it was the shed and chicken coop that it most objectionable in such a situation, wouldn’t it have helped for the Council’s left hand to know what the right hand was doing? The Council have now been left with a PR nightmare and (free range) egg over their faces arising from the failure of the Estates Department to tell the Planning Department that they had sold land for garden and that for the purchasers to use it for the said use, would require the benefit of planning permission.

Such scenarios don’t assist Council’s in advocating our planning system to the masses.