Caravan storage contrary to countryside protection

The change of use of land in Somerset to enable the storage of caravans would be contrary to the principles of sustainable development, an inspector has ruled, concluding that it would increase car use but not undermine the character of the area.

In recognising that the site was close to a motorway the inspector was not convinced that the storage of caravans required a countryside location despite the appellant’s claim that he needed a significant area of land. More sustainable locations within urban areas might exist, the inspector decided, and the appeal site would inevitably increase car journeys. There would be little economic benefit to the rural economy and although the impact on the area was acceptable this did not mean that the scheme would result in a sustainable form of development.

Inspector: Veronica Bond; Written representations

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