Fishing lakes suitable countryside leisure use

Planning permission was granted for the construction of fishing lakes in Gloucestershire since they were judged to be for appropriate leisure activity in the countryside.

The scheme included facilities in order to enable anglers to camp on site, the appellant stating that they often travelled for many miles to reach such a facility. An inspector decided that the proposal did fall within the scope of a tourist facility and the appellant had provided information on the viability of the scheme, even if there was uncertainty as to whether a development plan policy required this test to be passed. In the event that the enterprise were to fail, little harm would be caused, the inspector held, with the lakes either being put to another use or slowly drying out and becoming revegetated. No adverse landscape impact or harm to the amenity of residents would arise. The inspector was satisfied the site would be well managed since the appellant operated a similar facility nearby.

Inspector: Luke Perkins; Hearing

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