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A vehicle dismantling business is likely to be allowed to carry on operating after submitting a restrospective planning application.

NKR Motors of Gull Bank, Whaplode Drove, had applied for permission to change the use of its premises to an end of life motor vehicle dismantling and reclamation facility, which had been in operation on site since January 2012.

Previously the site had been used as a motor repair workshop for about six years.

But investigations showed that business had also been operated without planning permission, as themost recent application for the site had been granted in 1975 when the general purpose building had been extended.

The application to allow the current business to continue is due to go before Lincolnshire County Council planners on April 8, when members will be recommended to grant conditional planning permission.

A report to the planning and regulation committee says the business dismantles just one vehicle at a time and on average two vehicles a week are broken down.

All vehicles are stored within the building, where all of the liquids such as brake fluid and fuel are removed and later removed by a licensed operator.

Other materials such as plastics and airbags are removed before the engine and all usable spare parts are salvaged.

The shells of the vehicles are stored on the forecourt before they are taken to licensed scrap dealers.

Spare parts are sold on the internet.

Three people are employed by the business.

Members will be recommended to grant approval on the grounds that “the limited size of the development means it would not be incongruous feature within the open countryside, and its location within a former agricultural building and yard, means it would not be out of keeping with the area.”

Conditions are likely to be imposed to restrict the growth of the operation.