DC Casebook: Agricultural development - Storage sheds justified at new woodland

The temporary retention of two sheds to support forestry management operations in Rutland has been judged necessary to allow equipment and tools to be stored safely.

The larger shed was used to store equipment and chemicals while the smaller provided a soil toilet for staff working to establish new woodland. Both were sited on sloping ground on timber platforms and constructed of dark timber. The council claimed that the woodland could be managed effectively by bringing equipment and materials onto the site when needed and that the sheds were likely to attract criminal activities.

The inspector ruled that they had a minimal impact on the area and were essential for efficient operation of the woodland. The council had provided no information on how their presence would generate criminal activities so this matter was of little relevance, he concluded. He reasoned that there would be less need for the structures once the woodland becomes established and limited the permission to five years.

DCS Number 100-068-991

Inspector John Colburn; Written representations.

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