A FOOT health practitioner has been given permission to continue working from a shop after she did not realise she needed the council to authorise a change of use.
The shop, which is next door to One Stop, in White Hart Lane, Portchester, was the subject of a retrospective change of use application at Fareham Borough Council’s latest planning committee meeting.
Two letters of objection had been sent to the council about the change of use, highlighting concerns over the use of parking spaces at the back of the shop, which was formerly a printers, and that work had been carried out already.
Business owner Diane Sheridan spoke at the meeting. She said she did not realise the need to apply for a change of use when she took up the lease and that it was only her car parked in the allocated parking space. Ms Sheridan said: ‘My clients are predominately elderly and most of them use the bus or walk. None of my treatments exceed the one hour that is allowed for parking in the nearby lay-by.’
Councillors on the committee granted Ms Sheridan permission to carry on.
Committee chairman Nick Walker said: ‘That shop has been a number of businesses over the years and we need that shop to be used. Bringing it back into use is a good thing.’