Casebook: Appeal cases - Agricultural Development - Barn development judged harmful to green belt

An appellant's request to rebuild a single-storey barn in the Worcestershire green belt has been denied by an inspector who decided that it would undermine the openness of the area.

The proposal involved building a gymnasium with a bathroom and changing room on the exact footprint of a collapsed barn. The appellant had begun the reconstruction with cavity walls to window sill level. The inspector noted that the original barn was structurally unsound and incapable of conversion without significant or complete reconstruction. The appeal scheme involved a new building that constituted inappropriate development in the green belt, he decided. It would harm the openness of the area and this justified refusing permission, he concluded.

DCS No: 36022260; Inspector: Bob Luck; Written representations.

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