Wood processing at farm enforced

In upholding an enforcement notice alleging the unauthorised processing of wood at a farm in Somerset an inspector concluded that the steps required to mitigate the impact were reasonable.

The notice required the processing to stop but the appellant stated that the use of a grain dryer to dry the woodchips should be allowed to continue because it did not cause any harm to neighbours or the character of the area.

Such an argument should properly be considered in the context of the planning merits, the inspector held, and since the appellant had not appealed on this ground it was not relevant.

The appellant had applied for permission to continue its use and it was therefore a matter for the council to decide if it was acceptable. The steps required by the notice were therefore reasonable.

Inspector Gareth Symons; Written representations

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