Hairdresser struggles to bring her Derby garage salon to life


A hair salon in the garage of a residential house is set to change its hours of operation and make a number of other changes in the midst of a long planning saga.

Halcyon Hair operates a semi-detached house in Quarn Drive, Allestree and was granted planning permission – with a number of conditions – in August.

Owner Samantha Stokes says she needs more flexibility in order to keep her small business running.

The request for retrospective planning of the show had drawn more than 100 comments supporting and opposing the company, with a neighbor describing it as “morally very bad.”

Miss Stokes has submitted a request to remove or modify some of the conditions attached to the original building permit in order to maintain the sustainability of her business.

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A report from Derby City Council said: “Leave is requested to remove conditions 2 and 14 of the existing license and modify conditions 4 and 5. The effect of these changes would be as follows.

“Condition 2:.

“Condition 4: Modify the authorized opening hours, currently 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday to Monday and public holidays.

“Condition 5: Remove the requirement for 15-minute intervals between appointments.

“Condition 14: Remove the requirement that the side window on the ground floor must have dark glazing and not open. “

This latest episode at the show drew 13 objections and 51 supporting comments, with Derby City Council’s Planning Review Committee due to discuss the new proposal on Thursday, December 16.

It was recommended that the changes be approved, with the planning permit deadline extended from July to December 2022 and a limit of ten appointments per day imposed.

Miss Stokes said in her appeal for the original building permit that many of her clients worked during the granted business hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, making her unsuitable for authorized hours.

She also claimed that overlapping clients in her two-client salon was a possibility, making the 15-minute gap between appointments impractical.

Additionally, the window to the garage is now darkly glazed, but council officials said this condition should remain so that it cannot be restored to its previous state.

In a report to the planning committee, officers said, “The proposed changes would increase the potential for damage to residential amenity resulting from the operation of the business.

“In the opinion of the local planning authority, this increase can be addressed by using the following planning conditions to prevent the threshold of ‘unacceptable damage’ from being reached.”

Concerns about parking and noise have already been raised over the salon, which opened at the start of the coronavirus lockdown when the company downsized.

But the company has already received overwhelming support on social media, with many questioning the impact a two-seater lounge could have on other residents.

Miss Stokes has already defended her candidacy, saying in May: “There are more residents on Quarn Drive who support my candidacy than oppose it.

“It was said that the viability of the Park Farm shopping center would be affected, as I run a two-seater lounge from there. It is absolutely ridiculous.

“It’s my job, my career, paying my mortgage, and I have to sit in a boardroom in two days, all because I’m cutting my hair for a living.”

In a social media post by Halcyon Hair on December 8, she wrote: “Sadly I’m back in the position of begging my amazing friends, family and clients to help me support my small business. hairdressing.

“I’ve done my best to work with and meet the terms of my approval, but we’re in a position where it’s up to the committee next Thursday. [December 16] appeal some of the initial conditions.

“We’ve been fighting for almost two years to keep my little two-seater living room in my garage and I hope this will be our last hurdle.”

You can view the documents related to the request on the Derby City Council Planning Portal.

In a separate application filed on December 3, Miss Stokes also requested the removal of three other conditions from the building permit.

These included setting up a waste management system, changes to make the salon more accessible to customers with disabilities, and sidewalk changes.

This second set of changes has not yet been opened for public consultation.

But a resident on the road for many years was among those who opposed the original building permit earlier this year and said his family and other neighbors had lost their privacy.

At a town planning committee meeting on July 15, the resident said: “The cars maneuvering directly in front of our house all day, the incessant hello and goodbye, the chatter on the driveway, the people waiting. inside either on the driveway or in their cars, sometimes with the engines running, we have lost the peace we once knew.

“We would never have chosen to live in front of a business.

“Miss Stokes underestimated the value we place on the amenities we had and figured she might move a business without referring to any neighbors.”

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