Permission denied for home-run business after owner retires

The retention of an unauthorised green energy business run from outbuildings at a home in the countryside outside a city in Cumbria was denied by an inspector who upheld enforcement action by the council.

The inspector found that although the business had been started by the occupier of the dwelling and that person continued to live in the house adjacent to the office in a shed, they were no longer actively involved in the business. A single employee now ran the office and commuted daily. On this basis, it seemed to the inspector that despite the historic practical connection between the business operated on the site and the person resident there, this tie no longer existed. Finding no compelling need to justify a rural location for the business, the inspector dismissed the appeal and upheld the enforcement notice.

Inspector: Roy Merrett; Written representations

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