The farmhouse lay in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). The appellant argued that the tennis court was only outside the curtilage because the council was determined to make this as small as possible. However, the inspector held that this was a legitimate planning objective. PPS7 states that agricultural dwellings should be of a size matching functional requirements, she noted.
The advice clearly states that an unusually expensive dwelling in relation to agricultural needs and the income a farm can sustain should be resisted, she remarked. Failure to consider potentially expensive add-on facilities would only frustrate the policy, she added. She concluded that the scheme could not contribute positively to the area, would not be appropriate in its agricultural context and would add clutter, to the detriment of the AONB.
DCS Number 100-069-593
Inspector Gyll Grindey; Written representations.