A FAMILY-RUN car dealership has vowed to keep on fighting after the latest setback to its expansion hopes over noise concerns.
Brett Duke of Fine Cars is looking at the impact of his showroom and workshop plans after a planning inspector refused to overturn a council decision to block the plans.
In the summer, Gosport Borough Council turned down the bid for the expansion in Lee-on-the-Solent.
The Kia dealership appealed, and the planning inspector backed the idea in every way except over the question of whether it would cause more noise. She said this was not addressed.
Sales director Mr Duke of the Portsmouth Road firm now wants to prove the plans will not create more noise.
He told The News: ‘We’re not actually very noisy. My office is right next to the workshop and there isn’t much noise – if any. We’re going to re-submit our planning application.
‘We’re hoping if we get to do our development that we’ll be less noisy.’
As reported in The News, the family had feared it could lose the Kia franchise if it did not adapt to meet the larger showroom requirements.
Hundreds of people wrote to the council about the plans, with many supporting the development.
But the council’s regulatory board rejected them in June last year.
The inspector’s report says the development would not be harmful to the character and appearance of the area, and it would not impact the highway, including parking.
Ann Jordan, 26, of Elmore Road, lives down the road from the garage.
She said: ‘It will be good for the area to have it built. ‘A lot of us around the area use local businesses. We don’t want them to stop, we are want them to go on ahead.
‘I work in a garage and all my customers go down there to get MOTs.’
It comes as the space-restricted dealership had its ambition of moving on to Daedalus destroyed in 2012.
Mr Duke is now working with specialists to prove the plans already aim to minimise noise.
Cllr John Beavis is member for Lee West ward at the council. He said residents have concerns about parking.
Cllr Beavis added: ‘They really need a much bigger site that isn’t fronted by housing.’