DC Casebook: Leisure and Tourism - Holiday use extended to allow short lets

A condition imposed on the use of tourist accommodation in Shropshire has been varied to allow any individual to remain in occupation for up to six months.

The condition stipulated that no group or family should occupy the premises for longer than four weeks in any calendar year. The council contended that external amenity space was inadequate to allow longer occupation and that more intensive use would adversely affect neighbours. The inspector accepted that extending the period to six months might attract occupiers working in the area for a short period or who needed accommodation while seeking a permanent home.

Although the amenity space was limited, he found that it offered sufficient space to dry clothes and undertake other activities. The two-bedroom accommodation was suitable for short-term lets, he concluded. The impact on neighbours from a four-week stay would be no different from one family or person occupying the property for six months, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-069-055

Inspector Clive Sproule; Written representations.

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