High Court rejects Dorset green belt bungalow case

A High Court judge has ruled that a mobile home and lorry park in Dorset were no more damaging to the green belt than a replacement bungalow would be.

The relevant land, off Barrack Road, West Parsley, Ferndown, Dorset, is located outside the boundaries of any existing settlement and is close to a site of special scientific interest.

However, its owner, John Turner, argued that his proposed new bungalow would be less damaging to the character and openness of the green belt than retaining a caravan and 11 parked trucks on the site.

He was, however, refused planning permission by the local authority, East Dorset District Council, and his appeal was rejected.

In dismissing his challenge to the latter decision, the court could find no flaw in the inspector’s conclusion that the bungalow would be an inappropriate development in open countryside.

The court held that the inspector was entitled to conclude that the bungalow would have a neutral impact when compared to the existing development of the site and that there were no very special circumstances justifying a departure from green belt policy. That was quintessentially a matter of planning judgment for the inspector, the judge ruled.

Turner v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Case Number: CO/277/2015

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