Mechanic to go to Court of Appeal as bulldozer sets sights on garage

A mechanic in south east London is preparing to go to the Court of Appeal next week as he resumes his legal battle with developers who are planning to demolish his car garage.

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Richard Hough has run Autoclutch in Station Road, South Norwood for 40 years but Greathall Ltd, the firm which owns the land on which the repair workshop is based, wants to bulldoze the property and develop 11 flats and two shops on the site. As it stands the company will be able to do so with no need for planning permission, but Mr Hough has spent 12 years trying to overturn that decision, Your Local Guardian reports.

Mr Hough has previously had his appeals rejected from county courts and his application for a new tenancy at the site was also denied. He is now placing his faith in the Royal Courts of Justice to allow him to continue to run the popular garage.