Two bike sheds which fell foul of planning regulations have been given a temporary reprieve following an outpouring of public support.
Two families who built the sheds in their front gardens in Bates Road were last month sent enforcement letters by Brighton and Hove City Council, who said they must be taken down.
But two weeks after Brighton and Hove News reported the story, the council has had a rethink and enforcement will be put on hold while officers see if another resolution can be found.
The owner of one of the sheds, Kieran Barnard said: “We are delighted because we were expecting a red letter from the council any day, so that gives a bit of breathing space.
“We understand the council’s position in a way, because there shouldn’t be a planning free for all, but by this token we want a local development plan to include bike sheds.
It’s a bit of a shame that it’s taken a public outcry. But what was really nice was all the comments from the public which have been overwhelmingly in favour of the residents.”
The latest development is down in small part to Councillor Ann Norman, who said: “Our discussions with officers have resulted in an agreement for planning officers to explore options to find out how other local authorities deal with similar issues with bike storage and whilst these discussions are taking place, enforcement to remove the two bike sheds mentioned above will be put on hold.”
However, the news has come too late for Mr Barnard’s neighbour Tom Atkins, who has already torn down his bike shed after he failed to get retrospective planning permission for it. If he wants to rebuild it, he will need to appeal to the planning inspectorate.
She added that initial reports that 21 properties had been sent enforcement letters were incorrect – she and Conservative councillors had counted 21 similar sheds in Bates Road and surrounding streets, but were only aware of two current enforcement letters.
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