Personal permission for haulage use in rural area held reasonable

The removal of conditions restricting a haulage business use at a farm in Nottinghamshire to a personal use only was refused on the grounds the conditions were considered reasonable and necessary in relation to small scale employment uses in the countryside.

The haulage use related to part of a farm in open countryside and was granted on a personal basis to the owner with the use to be discontinued when the owner retired. The inspector determined the main issue to be whether the use complied with the development plan unfettered by conditions. In this respect, the inspector held that there was no evidence to indicate the need for the heavy goods vehicle storage use in this rural location and no reason why it could not be located in a more urban area.

The original personal permission was found to be precise although the reason for it remained unclear. However, the inspector concluded such a business would not accord with the development plan policies regarding rural employment being linked to local needs and therefore the original conditions rendering the use as an exception were still necessary and reasonable.

Inspector: M Seaton; Written Representations

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