CASEBOOK: Appeal cases - Agricultural development - Pig unit held acceptable in outstanding landscape

A pig-breeding building and the retention of a pigpen and run in the Mendips area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) have been allowed on the grounds that they would not significantly harm the character and appearance of the area or seriously harm the living conditions of neighbours.

The appellant proposed to provide a breeding unit for Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs and allow educational visits to see the piglets. Three sows would be kept at a time and the piglets would be taken away at ten weeks. The inspector observed that the holding occupied a sensitive location near a conservation area and within the highly attractive landscape of the AONB.

Nevertheless, she considered that the modest dimensions of the proposed pig-breeding building and the existing pigpen and run would make them unobtrusive within the wider farm setting. On this issue, she concluded that the proposal would not be significantly harmful to the character and appearance of the surrounding area, the AONB landscape or the setting of the conservation area.

Turning to the effect of the proposal on the occupiers of neighbouring properties, the inspector noted residents' concern that it would result in noise and odour nuisance from the pigs. However, she judged that the enterprise was modest in scale, would be reasonably separated from residential properties and would be located in the countryside where livestock were traditionally kept.

DCS No: 48957810; Inspector: Jill Kingaby; Written representations.

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