Casebook: Appeal Cases - Agricultural development - Livestock shelter ruled out on visual grounds

Plans to build a 300m long earth bund at a farm in south Wales have been rejected after an inspector ruled that the structure was not justified on agricultural grounds, despite evidence stating that it would provide a windshield for livestock.

An ADAS report concluded that if the development was carried out in conjunction with tree planting it would provide a useful windbreak over a larger area. But the inspector also considered a local authority report that contradicted these findings, claiming that that no assessment had been made of less visually intrusive shelters.

The inspector agreed that the embankment would be very substantial. Under the circumstances, he found that the justification for such a large structure was limited given the council's criticisms. Since it would also harm the appearance of the countryside, he concluded that permission could not be justified.

DCS No: 54869632; Inspector: Clive Nield; Hearing.

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