Busi­ness in tur­moil af­ter homes re­fusal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Kirsty Parkin

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.

Pic­ture: Terry Scott pd1210500

Own­ers have been re­fused plan­ning per­mis­sion to de­mol­ish this work­shop and build homes on the land

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