DC Casebook: Agricultural development - Livestock shed conversion fear overruled

Retrospective permission has been granted for a shed at a smallholding in the West Yorkshire green belt despite council concerns that the appellant might propose to convert it to another use.

Permission had been granted for a timber shed but a taller structure had been built of stone. The building housed cattle and feed was stored in the loft. The cattle pens obtained natural light from a large opening in the front and various windows.

The council's concern was that the shed had been constructed to a much higher standard than necessary and could be converted to non-agricultural use, which would be inappropriate in the green belt. While understanding these fears, the inspector did not believe that the shed could be easily converted to other purposes. The site's proximity to the appellant's house provided some justification for higher-quality materials, he ruled.

DCS Number 100-069-584

Inspector Brendan Lyons; Written representations.

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