The appellant stated that the business was established in 2004 and she occupied accommodation on the second floor with the first floor containing three guest bedrooms. Part-time staff assisted during the day but due to the needs of the business which included long hours and the provision of evening meals, a full-time person was required to be on call throughout the day and night. The relatively remote location of the site also made commuting and access by public transport difficult, she alleged.
The business operated at 30 per cent occupancy rates, an inspector noted, and while somebody living permanently on site might lead to greater utilisation, this did not override the need to demonstrate a functional need. While it might be desirable for a second worker to live on site it did not seem to be essential particularly since the site was not so remote as to preclude commuting from nearby villages. A new dwelling would increase built development in the countryside and harm the setting of a nearby AONB.
Inspector Beverley Doward; Hearing