No material change of use created by siting log cabin for staff

The siting of a log cabin occupied by staff attending the occupiers of a nearby dwellinghouse in Wiltshire, did not involve a material change of use an inspector decided and issued a LDC.

Contrary to the claim by the council that the main issue centred upon whether the cabin lay within the curtilage of the main house, the inspector stated that it focused on whether it had created a separate planning unit and whether its occupation was ancillary. There was no question that it was sited within the grounds of the house which formed a single planning unit and its primary use was residential. It was occupied by a member of staff who worked 48 hours per week attending the appellants and one of their elderly relatives. There was a definite function link between the log cabin and the house such that overall it provided ancillary accommodation which had not triggered a material change of use from residential.

Inspector: Simon Hand; Written representations

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