Holiday accommodation rejected in national park

An inspector upheld enforcement action by a national park authority in Monmouthshire against buildings used to provide a unit of basic holiday accommodation on a former farm.

The three buildings comprised a simple circular, one-roomed structure with a polygonal glazed roof containing a sleeping area, a separate covered kitchen structure and a small shower building, all constructed in woodland a short distance from the former farmhouse.

The authority considered the unauthorised buildings to be unjustified sporadic development in the open countryside and detrimental to the character of the national park whilst the appellant argued the low environmental impact holiday accommodation supported its enjoyment by the public. Noting that local plan policies directed new built holiday accommodation to within settlements and only supported non-permanent accommodation such as yurts and tree houses in the countryside, the inspector found the development in conflict with the development plan which was consistent with national Planning Policy Wales principles giving priority to conservation of the national park over its use as a recreational resource.

In a separate decision the inspector allowed a second appeal and quashed an enforcement notice directed at another building at the property, finding the pottery workshop and storage building ancillary to the use of the main house and sited without harm to the landscape or its countryside location outside residential curtilage subject to conditions.

Inspector: Alwyn Nixon; Written representations

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