Casebook: Appeal cases - Agricultural Development. Permanent dwelling refused despite theft risk

Plans for a house with an underground boat and tank store at a nursery in the South Yorkshire green belt have been rejected on the grounds that the appellants had provided insufficient justification for the scheme.

The appellants carried out a number of activities on the 7ha holding, including running a plant nursery, fruit and vegetable growing, keeping cattle, ducks and poultry and stocking ponds for recreational angling. The inspector agreed that the labour requirements justified at least one full-time worker. However, she observed that these tasks were overwhelmingly performed during the day and saw no need for a person to live on the site at night, despite some evidence of fish theft.

The inspector noted recent guidance in PPS7 indicating that isolated new dwellings in the countryside may be justified for non-agricultural rural enterprises. Although this advice allowed her to give greater weight to the threat to the health of the fish and the theft issue, she found these insufficient to outweigh the substantial constraints on new development in the green belt.

DCS No: 41487933; Inspector: Jane Miles; Hearing.

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