DC Casebook: Commercial and Industrial - Caravan ruled out despite security plea

The retention of a caravan at a site used for processing and distributing animal feed in the Shropshire countryside has been rejected by an inspector who found that it is not essential for security.

The site had been subject to five incidents of theft between 1993 and 2007, when the caravan was first brought onto the site. Incidents of vandalism had also occurred and the site had been subject to unauthorised vehicular access and shooting. The inspector opined that such incidents were not unusual for rural businesses and their frequency and number were not excessive.

He observed that a gate provided little deterrent and the lock was unprotected, making it easy to cut. The lack of security fencing left the site unreasonably exposed to theft and vandalism, he held. He judged that the gate and storage area security could be improved. Furthermore, he remarked that it is common practice to employ overnight security staff rather than establish a residential unit.

DCS Number 100-068-773

Inspector Stephen Roscoe; Hearing.

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