COUNCILLORS have granted retrospective planning permission to an industrial shed that led to concerns about noise and fumes.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee voted 10 to 1 in favour of allowing a 9ft-tall shed to stay up at Hart Industrial Tools.
The committee received three letters objecting to the shed, which did not have correct planning permission, citing fumes and noise from machinery due to the emergency access door being open and its close proximity to residential properties cited as reasons.
A report to the meeting said a single storey rear extension was approved in 2001, for purposes of additional storage.
This was granted subject to a condition restricting use of the rear access door to emergencies only.
But the meeting heard access to the shed, built adjacent to the extension, is taken via this door, which is not part of planning permission.
One resident at the meeting said the noise and fumes from the business, which repairs petrol tools and machinery, meant she was unable to leave doors open.
But Mark Crosbie, managing director of the business, said he was completely unaware that he needed permission for the shed, which measures 93 sq ft.
He added: “I had offered to erect a fence between us and the house to screen it.
“As an individual or company, we are trying to mitigate and get on with everybody.”
Ten councillors voted for the shed to stay up, with Councillor John Marshall voting to remove it.