Yurts quality design secures successful enforcement defence

An enforcement notice requiring the removal of yurts used for holiday purposes in Staffordshire was quashed because they provided an acceptable form of development in the countryside which supported the local economy.

Three yurts comprised large conical tents under four metres high while a fourth was constructed of timber with skids. Each yurt had an external earth closet in a detached hut together with a log store. Solar panels provided lighting and the appellant stated that all were removable. The council nonetheless was concerned about the adverse impact on the landscape and views obtained from users of public footpaths.

The site did lie within a special landscape area, an inspector noted, but the yurts were of quality design which did not materially detract from the character of the locality. While many visitors would drive to the site and the presence of parked cars would be an alien feature, this would give rise to a localised impact. The need to support tourism development in the countryside and the benefits to the local economy also supported his decision to allow the appeal. A condition was imposed limiting the number of yurts which could be erected.

Inspector David Murray; Written representations

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