Casebook: Appeal Cases - Commercial and industrial - Hangar extension ruled out in top landscape

An appeal to retain an extension to an aircraft hangar in the West Dorset area of outstanding natural beauty has been blocked on the grounds that the structure appeared as an overly large and intrusive building on the skyline.

The building was used to store three privately-owned and operated fixed-wing aircraft using an adjacent field for take-offs and landings. The appellant had secured a lawful development certificate confirming that two sections of the hangar were lawful. An extension measuring almost 10m in length was the subject of the appeal.

The inspector decided that the extension, due to its size and height, appeared as a bulky addition to the two existing sections and undermined the scenic beauty of the area. This harm could not be overcome through the imposition of conditions, she concluded, finding that it would take many years for landscaping to become effective in screening the building.

DCS No: 32470054; Inspector: Anne Parkhill; Hearing.

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