Casebook: Appeal cases: Mixed use development: Business units supported with accommodation

The conversion of barns in west Cornwall to business premises and homes has been approved after an inspector concluded that the residential element did not need to form a subordinate part of the scheme.

The proposal envisaged two dwellings attached to three business units, with the same 156m2 of floorspace associated with each use. The local planning authority argued that although the business floorspace was acceptable, the residential element was excessive given the countryside location.

The inspector noted that the scheme was designed to attract people wishing to work and live in one location but with separate accommodation for each activity. It would contribute to a diverse and healthy rural economy and promote a more sustainable form of development, he held. He found no convincing evidence to support the council's view that the barns should be used for holiday accommodation.

DCS No: 38766590; Inspector: Douglas Machin; Hearing.

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