A REQUEST to bring a mobile home on to the site of a rural garage business has been rejected by an appeal inspector.
The issue arose at Peacock Farm, Dog Lane, Malpas, where the application was made by Steven Birchall.
Mr Birchall told planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council he wished to station the mobile on nearby farmland for a temporary period of three years.
Planners had two letters in support of the application stating the business was an asset to the local community and its economy.
A third letter asked why Mr Birchall should be granted permission when he had owned and sold two houses on the site.
Mr Birchall pointed out the owners had to work up to 10 hours a day in addition to paper work and maintenance carried out outside opening hours.
The accommodation would also deal with the security of vehicles on the site.
Planners suggested, however, a caravan was not essential to support the garage business.
Mr Birchall lived only three miles away and was not required to deal with emergencies overnight as was usually the case for new dwellings in connection with livestock businesses.
The site did not operate 24 hours a day.
The application was refused as there was no essential need.
Mr Birchall’s agents, Chester-based LS Planning, told the appeal the caravan would enable a decision to be taken as to whether or not a dwelling was needed.
Inspector Keith Manning felt the issue was whether there was a need for a dwelling, temporary or otherwise.
The garage had been successfully established and no details had been provided of the need for night time or weekend visits.
He was not convinced there were special circumstances and dismissed the appeal.