Inspector agrees dwelling need at alpaca farm

An inspector has accepted a functional need for a worker's dwelling at an alpaca farm in the South Yorkshire green belt, but has only granted temporary permission until its viability is shown.

The inspector found that supervision of the animals was most needed during pregnancy and the first weeks of life and that, unlike sheep, these conditions were not confined to a particular season. He agreed that an on-site presence was likely to be needed at all times to care for 20 or more breeding females. The business plan envisaged reaching this number within three years and 30 or more after five years.

In the inspector's view, it was unrealistic to expect the enterprise to be managed from any existing property. While the dwelling would compromise openness, he judged that its siting and design would respect the green belt, an area of special landscape value and a conservation area.

Inspector: Chris Frost; Hearing

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