Berkhamsted High Street car wash to go after three years

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A car wash business will have to cease trading by next Thursday after operating for the last three years without planning permission.

Dacorum Borough Council has given it until that day before enforcement action is taken to revert the firm’s Berkhamsted High Street base to its original use.

But in a last-ditch attempt to save its business, Prestige Car Wash has reapplied for planning permission to operate at the site.

The new application says ‘sound reduction measures’ will be included there, as well as new internal doors and a change to its internal layout.

But the plans were shot down at a recent meeting of Berkhamsted Town Council’s planning committee.

Addressing the councillors, neighbour of the site Ruth Adams said: “I can’t believe I am standing here now.

“It’s almost been three years now and our loss of amenities remains the same.”

Councillors said that new proposals to install roller doors in the car wash would do nothing to mitigate the noise nuisance to neighbours.

The meeting heard that a previous planning application to use the building as a car wash was rejected by Dacorum Borough Council and the planning inspectorate.

Meeting chairman Laurence Handy said: “It was a very, very damning inspector’s report with respect to the noise.

“There’s insufficient evidence that the issues raised by the planning inspector have been fully addressed.”

Berkhamsted Town Council has rejected to the car wash plans in the past as well.

Councillor Tom Ritchie said: “You can see nothing in the application that changes our comments from earlier, and the comments of the planning inspector. We should robustly object.”