Shooting site accommodation needs limited given security options

Planning permission for a dwelling at a shooting range in Nottinghamshire has been rejected because there was inadequate need for the accommodation.

The appellant stated that the business had been operational for 20 years, with an increasing number of incidents including petty theft which needed to be adequately monitored. Allowing a manager to live permanently on the land would provide easy access and surveillance and would enable the business to grow further, he asserted.

In examining the evidence the inspector was not convinced that a functional need for the dwelling had been demonstrated. The absence of a manager on site had not prevented the appellant from securing insurance and the police authority did not suggest that a dwelling was needed. A number of security measures were already in place including alarms and lighting linked to the police and the appellant’s mobile phone. Moreover, there appeared to be existing properties within two to three kilometres that would provide accommodation suitable for a manager and within a few minutes' drive time of the site.

Inspector: Alison Partington; Hearing

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