Wood business turned down

2015-06-30 06:00

The application to permit the sale of firewood and charcoal from a portion of a property in Glen Alpine Way, Bergvliet has been denied.

The application by Olden and Associates Urban and Regional Town Planners was heard by Protea subcouncil 20 two weeks ago.

Two objections were received, the subcouncil report states, about the property being located in a residential suburb which has enough commercial activity already to meet the needs of residents.

Some of the concerns listed include that the area is serviced by substantial existing business areas and the need for this type of business cannot be seen to be in the interest of the residents. There is also no protection against future undesirable trading or to the scale of such.

The report states that the objectors felt the proposed use was unlawful and the application did not fall within the category of a home industry, but rather that the business is a retail operation selling firewood and charcoal and possibly other items.

The concerns raised also related to the application not being consistent with a local structure plan presently awaiting the council’s approval. The plan limits business usage along the eastern side of Main Road.

The objectors also stated that the applicant had a permit to sell firewood and charcoal from the public open space opposite the property on Main Road.

In response to the objectors the applicant, as stated in the subcouncil report, claimed the property fronted onto the noisy Main Road where the residential amenity value has been eroded. The proposed home industry would not impact negatively on the neighbours.

The applicant also stated that the use was limited to a home industry and the application was not for full commercial rights.

The applicant said that the use of the property was for a small business providing firewood to the general public. Since the use would be limited to the existing carport and given that no additions or alterations were proposed, any impact on the surrounding environment was likely to be negligible, the applicant submitted according to the subcouncil report.

The applicant also proposed an application for signage, but the objectors said that signage of any description was an eyesore.

Ward councillor Penny East did not support the application and said that “Glen Alpine Way is narrow and serves a local school in the area, which has a huge impact on traffic”.

“The road is too narrow and there is not enough off-street parking, which adds to the traffic concerns,” she said.

East said that declining the use of signage would not impact on the applicant’s business, “but there are more manageable and applicable ways for the applicant to advertise the business”

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