Stables not classified as valid agricultural use

The owner of a building in north Devon has failed to secure permission under paragraph MB.2 of Part 3 to Schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995 for its conversion to a dwelling, an inspector ruling that it was not in agricultural use.

Planning permission had been granted in 2010 for a single storey timber building for use as stables and as a hay store. The application involved a design typically associated with the stabling of horses, the inspector noted, and a condition limited its use to private and recreational purposes prohibiting use in connection with an equestrian enterprise. Although the appellant drew attention to the estate agent’s sales particulars showing sheep being grazed on the land this did not prove that the appeal building was in agricultural use as part of a trade or business in March 2013. In the inspector's opinion the building was being used for stabling horses for recreational use and as a consequence this did not fall within the definition of agriculture.

Inspector: Peter Horridge; Written representations


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