Teaching pool approved as meeting rural policy test

The use of part of a building in rural Ayrshire as a private swimming pool for up to 78 clients per week has been judged sustainable and beneficial to the local community.

The appellant explained that most sessions would involve one person for 20 minutes and the pool would open for 24 hours each week. The council argued that this scale of activity did not meet a policy requirement that rural businesses should generate only a "limited" but undefined number of client visits. The reporter noted that the facility would help people with disabilities and others unable to secure swimming lessons provided by the council. In his view, one-to-one coaching in a quiet domestic setting would be beneficial in meeting particular needs. The proposal therefore met a local need, supported the local community and complied with section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, he held.

Reporter: Philip Barton; Written representations


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