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Garage can be replaced with bungalows

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

By Leslie Jackson

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APPROVAL has been given for the demolition of a Leek garage and the site redeveloped with two detached bungalows.

Planning officers have given the green light for the re-development at the premises of East Street Garage.

The site is presently used as a commercial car repair and servicing business which has been in existence for more than 20 years.

In a design and access statement produced by Moorland Architectural Service of Werrington it said: "The site has been occupied by the present owner for more than 20 years.

"However, he is now of an age whereby he wishes to retire from the physicality that the automotive profession requires.

"That said, he does not wish to retire altogether and has a desire to pursue the redevelopment of his site as a means of continued employment, which would enable him to diversify his talents and also re-invest in a development that would give back to the local community that has sustained him for more than two decades.

"The existing small commercial garage within what is a predominately residential area could be construed as now being a non-conforming use and its consequent removal could be considered to be a planning gain."

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