A MAN whose plans for a garage were thrown out by Kirklees Council has had his van attacked.
Now, 56-year-old George Ansell intends to re-submit the plan, after thieves punctured the tank on his van to steal diesel fuel.
The attack on the vehicle came at 4am on Monday outside his first-floor flat in St John's Avenue, Newsome.
Repairs will cost Mr Ansell about £600.
His car has also been attacked several times by vandals and thieves, prompting him to put in the planning application for the garage.
Carpet retailer Mr Ansell, who has his own firm, Ansell Flooring, said: "I've also got a car which I park at a friend's nine miles away, where it is secure.
"If I had a garage I would park the car in it and leave the van at my friend's and drive to it each day."
Mr Ansell's neighbour has a garage on the site and uses the same access to Towngate proposed by Mr Ansell.
But Mr Ansell said that while his neighbour had no problem getting planning permission, Kirklees planning officials told him it would be too dangerous for him to use the same access road.
They said the move would result in cars entering Towngate at an "unorthodox angle", which could prove dangerous.
Mr Ansell said: "I intend to re-submit the application, but this time ask for Kirklees councillors to consider it, rather than planning officers.
"The council has been intransigent on this so far.
"The attack on my van proves why I need the garage."
A Kirklees spokesman said: "Mr Ansell is aware he can appeal against the planning decision.
"He is also entitled to submit a new application."