Business plan information deliberately incomplete and unconvincing

The owners of a smallholding in the South Devon AONB have failed to secure permission for the siting of a log cabin, an inspector being unconvinced by information submitted in respect of likely profits from the sale of poultry and fish from the enterprise.

In support of their appeal the appellants stated that the holding contained a range of livestock and, given the site’s relatively remote location, it was necessary to live on the holding for security and welfare reasons. Power failure was not uncommon and unless electricity was restored within 15 minutes, young fish and chicks could easily die. They also provided information on predicted sales but stated that information on suppliers and contracts to support predicted sales were confidential.

Despite a history of power failures the appellants had done little to try and improve the position with the utility company and relied instead on back-up generators. They had not investigated the costs and availability of local housing and the submitted business plan contained no information on the costs of running the enterprise such as buying in new stock, tax, national insurance or vets bills. In the inspector's opinion they were deliberately incomplete and therefore unconvincing. Despite being operational for 15 years no audited accounts had been provided and consequently in addition to a lack of functional need, the business had not been planned on a sound financial basis.

Inspector: Joanne Jones; Hearing

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