DC Casebook: Agricultural development - Permaculture structures' siting endorsed

Permission has been granted for a polytunnel and workshop at a permaculture enterprise in the Shropshire Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, an inspector concluding that the highly organised operation needs to expand.

The council was concerned that the structures would be located on higher parts of the holding rather than grouped around a barn. The appellants responded that the buildings had to be close to the main growing areas to minimise labour in working the holding. They argued that the area around the barn was shady and prone to waterlogging.

The appellants had "zoned" the holding to employ the natural qualities of different areas to their best advantage. The inspector agreed that the extra buildings were required to allow the enterprise to develop. Although less intrusive locations were available, he decided that the impact on the area's natural beauty was insufficient to require them to be repositioned.

DCS Number 100-069-440

Inspector Ron Punshon; Hearing


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