Farming tie obligation judged unnecesssary

In granting full permission for a second agricultural worker's dwelling on a farm in the Cheshire green belt, an inspector has found that a planning obligation tying the dwelling to the holding is unnecessary.

The council accepted the need for the dwelling, but had granted outline permission subject to an obligation tying it to land in the appellant's ownership. A local plan policy said obligations would be used where appropriate to tie new dwellings to adjacent farm buildings or agricultural land to prevent separate sale of any element.

The inspector reasoned that if the appellant's requirement for a second full-time worker to live close to the farm were to change, an agricultural occupancy condition would suffice to ensure continued occupation of the dwelling by agricultural or forestry workers. She was not satisfied that an obligation was needed to make the scheme acceptable in planning terms.

Inspector: Karen Baker; Hearing


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