Temporary permission for mobile home renewed at organic farm

A renewal of a temporary permission for the siting of a mobile home at a farm in Warwickshire was granted an inspector accepting the appellant's claim that there was a benefit in allowing the enterprise to become more established.

200-004-300 (Image Credit: Kernon Countryside Consultants Limited)
200-004-300 (Image Credit: Kernon Countryside Consultants Limited)

Permission had been granted in 2012 and the appellant accepted that the business plan which had been prepared at the time had been unrealistic and unattainable. He explained that the enterprise had developed into free range meat and butchery along with the supply of organic fruit and vegetables. Produce was sold primarily to local restaurants and retail outlets. A revised business plan had been prepared which had lower turnover and profit levels but the council remained concerned that the land was not being managed to the highest standards in respect of pig production and horticultural production had not progressed as it should have.

It was unfortunate that very limited information had been provided by the appellant on farm viability including accounts and bank statements. Nonetheless the inspector accepted that the business had grown since 20102 including keeping more pigs and sheep. If the business developed in accordance with the submitted plan a functional need for a permanent dwelling might be established and the inspector held that a further three year temporary permission should be granted.

Inspector: S Harley; Hearing


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