Casebook: Appeal Cases - Householder development Log cabin approved to store household goods

Permission has been granted for the retention of a log cabin in the grounds of a house in Cornwall's Bodmin Moor area of outstanding natural beauty, with an inspector specifying the storage of collections of art, old books, photographs and gramophone records as acceptable uses.

The appellant claimed that his house was overcrowded and that he needed more space to work as an artist and photographer. The cabin would overcome the problem by providing storage space, a darkroom and an artist's studio, he maintained.

The inspector decided that while the cabin could not be considered a traditional building, it was nonetheless sympathetic to its wooded valley setting. He concluded that it would eventually blend into the landscape as the timber weathered. Noting that it replaced a former timber building on the site, he concluded that permission was justified provided it remained incidental to use of the main dwelling.

DCS No: 54959445; Inspector: John Martin; Hearing.

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