Use of polytunnels for dog day care centre inappropriate in green belt

A dog day care centre at a former plant nursery in Greater Manchester was refused on the grounds of inappropriateness in the green belt and unacceptable levels of noise and disturbance for the adjoining occupier.

The inspector considered the proposed change of use of the existing buildings in the green belt in terms of appropriateness. She held that the polytunnels already being used for the keeping of the dogs were not of permanent and substantial construction and therefore failed to comply with paragraph 90 of the NPPF regarding the re-use of buildings in the green belt. No new buildings were proposed however, so in this respect the inspector considered that openess was retained. However, an existing bungalow with side boundary windows directly abutted the site and the inspector felt that the proposed use as a dog day care centre would result in unacceptable levels of noise and disturbance for the occupiers of that property even during the day times, noting that an ongoing noise complaint already existed at the site. The inspector concluded no special circumstances existed to justify the development.

Inspoector: Beverley Wilders; Written Representations

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