DC Casebook: Agricultural Development - Horse walker's visual impact held minimal

An inspector has allowed an appeal for the construction of a horse walker on land in the Dorset green belt after rejecting council claims that it would be an inappropriate form of development.

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.

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