Rural diversification project approved

A reporter allowed the change of use of an agricultural shed and yard to general storage and distribution on a Perth and Kinross farm in the interests of diversification.

Notwithstanding the location of the site in the open countryside outside a village, the reporter accepted that the existing agricultural building and hardstanding provided an opportunity to expand a lawful existing waste wood storage business and further diversify an existing agricultural use and generate employment. She was also satisfied the impacts of the change of use in terms of HGV traffic generation, residential amenity and landscape character could be appropriately mitigated, and would not lead to an intensification of activity, through the imposition of planning conditions.

She concluded that the proposed development accorded overall with the development plan and having considered all the other matters raised, including extant enforcement notices restricting wood chipping operations and the importation and storage of waste wood material, decided there was nothing which would lead her to alter her conclusions and she allowed the appeal.

Reporter: Grainne O’Keeffe; Written representations

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