The inspector agreed that the walker comprised an essential facility at the farm because it enabled horses to be safely exercised. PPG2 states that buildings that are essential for sport and recreation are not inappropriate provided they maintain the openness of the area, he reasoned. In his opinion, the modest structure set among other buildings would not erode the area's openness and would have a minimal impact on its rural character.
DCS Number 100-069-060
Inspector Robert Parry; Written representations.