DC Casebook: Agricultural Development - Lambing shed need questioned after visit

An inspector has refused permission for a lambing shed in the Hertfordshire green belt after observing little evidence of farming activity on the land during his site visit.

The 24ha holding was used for grazing and the appellant maintained that a lambing shed was required for his flock of 120 ewes. He claimed that the building, measuring 18m by 6m, was the minimum necessary and consequently the development was not inappropriate in the green belt.

The inspector noted that the farm already contained a substantial building used for offices and storage. He saw little evidence that the holding contained 120 ewes or that they habitually grazed the land. He was unconvinced that the need could not be met in the existing structure. Despite its agricultural use, he found the proposal inappropriate because it would reduce openness.

DCS Number 100-069-112

Inspector John Millard; Written representations


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