Need for on-site accommodation at fishing and glamping site not proven

The owner of fishing lakes in Worcestershire was unable to prove that there was a functional need for a mobile home which he claimed was necessary to ensure the safety and well management of the facility. In dismissing the appeal an inspector also rejected plans for the construction of three fish re-stocking lakes and four glamping holiday units.

In support of his appeal the appellant stated that the lakes had to be well oxygenated and activating back-up generators could only be ensured if somebody was living on site. Historically generators had not always started when alarms raised the risk of falling oxygen levels in the lakes he asserted. This had led to some fish dying impacting on the viability of the business, he argued.

In the inspector’s opinion a suitable management and servicing programme would ensure that when an alarm was sounded the generators would be activated. While a manual method or aeration was available it would be impossible for one person to service all three lakes and thus this would not necessarily prevent the loss of fish stocks. CCTV should address thefts and this could if necessary be reinforced by a night security guard. Nor was there any need for a site manager to assist those staying in the glamps. Therefore, since the appellant stated that the other elements of the scheme could not be separated from the need for a mobile home, the entire development was rejected.

Inspector: Alexander Walker; Hearing

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