Storage use allowed in rural area despite highway concerns

A B8 storage building in the open countryside in Buckinghamshire was allowed as being acceptable in highway safety and locational terms, despite concerns regarding HGV use of rural roads.

The inspector held that the proposed storage use for plant and machinery would be acceptable on what she considered was brownfield land which already had an extant permission for six large agricultural buildings at an already busy farming establishment. In this respect the proposed building was not likely to generate significantly more traffic than the use already granted permission, including possible HGVs, and in any event it would not result in excessive amounts of use or result in a significant adverse effect on highway safety and in this respect would not conflict with local plan policy or the NPPF. She also felt the majority of vehicles would be able to navigate the low bridge nearby and would not cause highway safety issues on nearby rural roads.

The inspector also held that whilst the site was fairly remote, the use proposed would generate traffic irrespective of its location and the low level of staff proposed would not result in excessive generation of private vehicle movements. The proposal represented diversiification for an existing land-based business, supportive of economic growth and was NPPF compliant.

Inspector: Amanda Blicq; Written Representations

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