Pigeon keeping and racing falls outside agriculture

The siting of a trailer in the Scottish borders used for the keeping and racing of pigeons has been judged to fall outside the definition of agriculture and consequently did involve a breach of planning control.

The appellant asserted that the parking of an agricultural trailer for a temporary period on agricultural land did not require permission. He further claimed that the rearing of pigeons was agricultural in nature since it included the breeding and keeping of livestock.

In rejecting this claim a reporter held that the pigeons were not kept for the production of foods, wool, skins or fur but rather were kept for sporting or leisure purposes. Nor was it largely domestic in nature and since the trailer had been sited on the land for more than 28 days it was not permitted development.

Reporter: Donald Harris; Written representations

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