Casebook: Appeal Cases - Commercial and industrial - Forestry business location held unsustainable

The retention of a forestry contracting business in the Somerset countryside has been rejected by an inspector who decided that the use of a remote greenfield site represented an unsustainable form of development. He also refused permission for the retention of a mobile home.

While accepting that forestry contracting is a business rooted in the rural economy, the inspector noted that the appeal site was remote from settlements and no attempt had been made to assess the possibility of reusing existing buildings. Despite its contribution to the rural economy, he judged that the operation's harmful impact on the countryside was the overriding consideration.

DCS No: 55079085; Inspector: Peter Norman; Hearing.

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