Horse training and welfare need for second home rejected

A second dwelling has been rejected at a farm in Herefordshire, an inspector being satisfied that the appellant had not been able to demonstrate a functional need.

The appellant was a specialist who worked with problem horses. Due to increasing workloads his son who owned another farm 10 miles distant was also working on the holding. Although the care and welfare of the horses was an important consideration the council had highlighted the absence of a formal health and safety plan and as such the degree of risk could not be accurately ascertained. There were no significant security issues and no formal plan setting out the long term future of the business had been submitted. The scheme would result in a dwelling in a remote location for which there was no proven need.

Inspector: Jennifer Tempest; Hearing


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