Cattery building would harm openness of green belt

A timber finish hexagonal parasol building to house a cattery in the West Midlands green belt has been dismissed along with an associated petting zoo due to the harm to the openness of green belt that would be caused.

The intention was that the building would also provide training classrooms for college students. An inspector found that although there was little information about management practices, the proposal would bring a number of benefits. It would encourage economic activity associated with the cattery business and the new facilities would benefit the community. The appellant advised that the purpose of the building was to promote the importance of conservation of wildlife in the local community, encourage outdoor recreational activities and provide appropriate facilities for outdoor pursuits. The facility would also be used by staff and students of a specialist college which was a training establishment for young adults with severe learning difficulties and/or autism. The proposal was supported by the director of the college who advised that in being so close to the college, the proposed cattery along with the pets’ corner, would be heaven sent for some of the students who would love to be involved in a supervised programme of work experience in caring for small animals.

The building, however, would represent inappropriate development in the green belt and it would reduce openness. Despite the particular circumstances relating to the students of the college it was concluded that very special circumstances did not exist in this case.

Inspector: Peter Eggleton; Written representations


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