The warning came from Mr justice Sullivan in a challenge by Sefton MBC over use of land for vehicle dismantling.
In their appeal the council argued among other things that the planning inspector has wrongly compared the use for vehicle dismantling with previous use of the site for light industrial premises.
Dismissing the council's appeal the judge ruled that the council's approach had been wholly unrealistic. He said the inspector had been entitled to apply common sense to the situation and had been entitled to have regard to the realities of the situation in respect of the previous use.
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