Second dwelling found justified at dairy farm

The owner of a 110-hectare dairy farm on the edge of Dartmoor has secured permission for a worker's house even though the holding is already served by a farmhouse.

Two independent reports verified a need for at least four full-time staff to look after a herd of 170 milking cows and 140 calves. The appellant, who occupied the farmhouse with his two sons, claimed that another worker needed to be housed on-site to maximise animal security and safety. The council argued that the farmhouse could hold two more workers.

The inspector accepted that the farmhouse occupants might need assistance during emergencies. He noted that in winter some local roads became impassable, which could prevent an off-site worker reaching the farm in time. The farmhouse was by no means large and requiring an unrelated worker to share it with the farmer and his family would be inappropriate, he held.

Inspector: John Wilde; Hearing

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