A Penarth architect, Nigel Humphrey, has successfully set what may be seen as important precedent for local residents who are temporarily running out of storage space in their homes.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has given him permission to retain a large blue shipping container in the front garden of his home in Clive Place – adjacent to the Penarth Conservation Area – and has told him he does not need planning permission for it.
Following the receipt of a complaint from a local resident, the council had launched a formal “enforcement investigation” into the location of the shipping container – which is sited against the front garden wall of Mr Humphrey’s house.
The investigation was duly carried out and the Vale Council’s planning officer has now written to Mr Humphrey to say he can retain the container where it is.
The letter says ” I am satisfied that the container is being used for the storage of household times, in association with the dwellinghouse. In light of the container’s use, planning permission is not required for its siting on the basis that it is use is incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse. Moreover, and in any event, you have indicated that its siting is temporary and will be removed shortly.”
The council says the enforcement file on the case has now been closed and there will be no further action.