North Walsham car wash given second chance by planners

PUBLISHED: 18:53 17 April 2014 | UPDATED: 22:14 17 April 2014

The hand car wash on New Road, North Walsham.  

The hand car wash on New Road, North Walsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

A well-used town centre car wash has been given a second chance after planners decided to go against officers’ recommendation to refuse its retrospective planning application.

Despite objections to noise levels and drainage problems, councillors decided to allow the business to work to improve the problems before returning it to committee.

But speaking against the application at today’s North Norfolk District Council development meeting was nearby resident Roy Wotherspoon, who said the noise levels were so bad he could not open his windows.

He said: “Proposals should not have a detrimental effect on the community.

“The car wash is a blight on our lives, well being and is having a severe effect on our health.

“Every man, woman and child deserves health a home and happiness in a secure environment.

Landlord Mark Debbage, co-owner of Rapid Image next to the car wash, 29 New Road, North Walsham, said he had not thought the business needed planning permission as there had been a car wash on that site for the past 20 years.

Speaking at today’s meeting, he said the car wash would be happy not to open on a Sunday. He said customers leaving their cars to be washed would walk into town and bring much-needed business into North Walsham.

The council voted to defer the decision to a later date to allow the car wash to address concerns.

It suggested moving the washing station elsewhere in the site to alleviate noise and create fewer disturbances for neighbours.

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