Houses not allowed close to dairy farm

An inspector refused to sanction a development of ten houses close to a North Yorkshire dairy farm, agreeing with concerns over the effect on residential amenity and the future operation of the farm.

The village site had a close relationship to the farm buildings where 150 cattle and 100 calves were housed, a slurry pit and silage clamps. The activity associated with the daily operation of the farm generated considerable noise and odour.

After considering detailed noise and odour assessment evidence, the inspector concluded that the odours and noise likely to be experienced by future occupiers of the appeal site would exceed what would be reasonably expected, even in a rural location. He also had some sympathy with the view that the introduction of housing here could impact on the operation of the business at the farm, including its future expansion. These adverse impacts of the development significantly outweighed any benefit in terms of the provision of family and affordable housing.

Inspector: Elaine Worthington; Written representations

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