In this case, the council had refused planning permission for the applicants to run a medical advice clinic from part of a house.
The council pointed out well established planning policies that say that new commercial uses should be in town centres. There was also some concern about the possibility of the clinic causing parking difficulties.
The inspector gave short shrift to the argument that there would be harm to the town centre. He pointed out that it was a very modest proposal, with only one consulting room. It was unlikely to harm the function of the town.
The inspector was also happy that the proposal provided enough off-street parking spaces, in line with the council’s adopted standards.
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