DC Casebook: Agricultural Development - Second staff dwelling ruled out at fishery

A dwelling for a key worker at a trout fishery in Lancashire has been turned down after an inspector found that it is not essential even though the business requires space for two workers.

The case turned on the need for accommodation in addition to a bungalow to respond to emergencies. The appellant produced a list of tasks as part of his justification. However, the inspector agreed with the council that many activities involving out-of-hours working should be taken into account when planning staffing. He drew a parallel with other rural businesses that need staff late in the evening, such as pubs and restaurants.

He recognised that the site was exposed and extreme weather might give rise to emergencies during the night. It might be necessary to check water levels and divert the flow at times of high rainfall, secure rearing cages in high winds and remove ice. However, he found that remedial action was very rarely required outside normal hours and did not justify a further dwelling.

DCS Number 100-069-290

Inspector Neil Holt; Hearing

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