Pensioners outraged as piles of old vehicles from scrapyard rise 50ft high

“The racks are lawful on the basis that their siting does not constitute a material change of use of the land.”Richard Genge, planning and regeneration manager at Poole Borough Council, said: “We are aware of this and is currently actively investigating the matter.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pensioners have been left outraged after piles of old vehicles at a nearby car scrapyard reached 50ft high behind their homes.Residents in Poole, Dorset, described the five-storey stacks of written off cars as a “hideous monstrosity” which now dwarfs their bungalows.Homeowners also warned the giant structure is a fire hazard amid fears over a repeat of a blaze that swept through the compound in 2016, when over 170 vehicles were destroyed.Charles Tent, the scrapyard owners, said the stacking system enabled vehicles to be piled up in a “more modern and cleaner way”.However, retired engineer Charles Caffey, 73, claimed the “eyesore”, which backs directly onto his home, has blocked out natural light and is a safety risk.He said: “When I’m sat in the back garden it feels like I’m in the middle of a scrap yard. “The cars are so close to us I and the other residents fear what could happen in a fire.Poole Borough Council has written to Charles Tent and said it was “investigating” amid claims the structure may need planning permission.However, the owners insist the pile of cars is legal due to a “loophole” in planning laws.Planning Consultant Ken Parke, who have applied for a lawful development certificate on behalf of Charles Tent, said: “”It is not the height that determines whether or not the racking is development requiring planning permission.

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