Biomass boiler secured at green belt golf club

In deciding to allow an appeal involving the erection of a building at a golf club in the Kent green belt to house a biomass boiler an inspector has agreed that very special circumstances had been demonstrated to outweigh its inappropriate nature.

The club asserted that the scheme was not inappropriate because it involved a limited extension to the main club house thereby falling within the scope of paragraph 89 of the national planning policy framework. In addition, it would support the use of the land for playing outdoor sport.

In disagreeing with these claims the inspector decided that the building was by definition inappropriate and had reduced the openness of the area, albeit by a very limited amount. However, the development had resulted in new jobs being created within the rural economy both in terms of its initial construction and due to its on-going maintenance. It would assist in mitigating the impact of climate change and increased the viability of the club by reducing its energy costs. The club also provided an important recreational use, with additional benefits associated with hosting conferences and weddings. In combination these amounted to the very special circumstances which were needed for him to allow the appeal.

Inspector: Cullum Parker; Written representations

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