Appeal site insufficiently forested to benefit from permitted development rights

Erecting a storage shed on less than one hectare of land in Suffolk would not be permitted development under Class E of Part 6 to Schedule 2 of the GPDO 1995 because an insufficiently large proportion was woodland.

Less than half the site had appreciable tree and scrub cover an inspector noted and reference to "forestry" in the order implied a degree of scale commensurate with a forest. Permitted development rights could only apply where a substantial area of land was covered with trees and the plans by the appellant to plant additional trees and manage the site for firewood, sticks and kindling was insufficient to demonstrate that the site was a forest to which permitted development rights applied.

Inspector: David Spencer; Written representations

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