CASEBOOK: Appeal cases - Retail Development - Farm shop held not to harm other rural retailers

The conversion of an agricultural building in Cambridgeshire to a farm shop has been supported because the majority of goods sold would not compete directly with nearby villages or traditional rural shops.

The council argued that the sale of products such as marinated olives and soft toys did not have much in common with arable production at the farm or the work of local artisans. While appreciating these concerns, the inspector concluded that given the appellant's agreement to limit the range of goods sold, the shop would not give rise to adverse impacts on other businesses.

Many of the goods proposed to be sold would not in any event be found in local businesses, he commented. He also considered that the level of car-borne trips to and from the site would not be so substantial as to outweigh the scheme's significant benefits in terms of farm diversification and employment creation.

DCS No: 54127917; Inspector: Tony Pickering; Hearing.

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