Change of use undesirable given remote site location

The conversion of farm buildings to three dwellings under Class MB(a) of Part 3 to schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995, at a Devon holding would conflict with the national planning policy framework an inspector ruled because of the remote location of the site.

The premises lay approximately three kilometres from the nearest town and one kilometre from a village containing a shop and post office. Access to buses would involve walking close to a busy main road which would be unattractive particularly at night. Walking or cycling would also be hazardous the inspector held and in his opinion it would lead to the creation of isolated homes in the countryside with residents being largely car dependent. Access would be via a field gate with the buildings sited in the middle open fields with no private curtilages. This would appear incongruous and require residents to use four wheeled drive vehicles to gain safe and convenient access. It would also result in poor living conditions for future occupiers by virtue of the close proximity of farming activities.

Inspector: Martin Andrews; Written representations

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