Business in turmoil after homes refusal
Kingsnorth development would be harmful to the area, say planning chiefs
A FAMILY business which has been in Ashford for 30 years may be in jeopardy, after a planning appeal to convert an old workshop was turned down.
Beaver Commercials, which deals in second-hand commercial vehicles, MOTs and spray painting, had been operating from Taylor Farm, in Bond Lane, Kingsnorth.
The company also has a small site in Beaver Road, South Ashford.
The owners’ application to demolish the workshop on the site of the Grade II listed farmhouse and build homes in its place, was turned down by Ashford Borough Council in July.
The family launched an appeal against that decision, but have now been told by the Planning Inspectorate that the appeal has been dismissed.
They had wanted permission to build three cottages and two houses. However, the Planning Inspectorate felt the conversion would be harmful to the character of the area.
Owner Jacqui Jeffries, who runs the business with her husband Lennie, said: “They said that to take down the workshop would be detrimental to the main house. But we had broken down vehicles and lorry parts all over the paddock, so I think the development would tidy up and enhance the area.”
The family had already bought another site in Kingsnorth where they hoped to move the business to, but say their plans have been thwarted by the decision.
“This has put our business and our lives on hold. We don’t know what we are going to do,” said Mrs Jeffries.
Owners have been refused planning permission to demolish this workshop and build homes on the land