A TIMBER storage structure which no longer had planning permission can stay in place, the council has ruled. It was given temporary planning permission in June 2011.

The application to keep the building in Davises Farm returned to the planning committee this week after the decision was deferred to allow councillors to visit the site.

But Cllr Trevor Hayes raised concerns that once planning permission is in place, the landowner could then use the building in a "clandestine" way for commercial purposes.

Planning chief Dave Marno reminded councillors that the application is for "ancillary use" at a residential property.

He said: "If it was set up for business use, it may operate clandestinely for a period of time. There's circumstances in which we get to hear of potential changes and get an application to regularise this change of use."

A total of 22 objections have been received from neighbours.