Casebook: Appeal cases - Commercial and industrial - Intensified caravan storage rejected in green belt

An enforcement notice directed against the storage of caravans on agricultural land in the Lancashire green belt has been upheld after an inspector determined that the use had intensified to such an extent that it created a material change in the character of the area.

The inspector accepted that the storage of up to ten caravans had occurred on part of the land for more than the requisite ten-year period. However, the number of caravans stored on the site had increased to more than 60 and roads and lighting had also been installed, he noted.

He decided that the significant increase in the storage area had implications for the amenity of neighbouring occupiers and an adverse impact on the openness of the green belt. In his opinion the rise had triggered a material change in the character of the use in the ten-year period and it was not immune from enforcement action.

DCS No: 33958885; Inspector: Frank Cherington; Inquiry.

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