Casebook: Appeal Cases - Agricultural Development - Cattle building held appropriate to green belt

An inspector has ruled that a cattle-rearing building in the Staffordshire green belt constitutes appropriate development that is needed as part of a livestock enterprise.

The 85ha holding comprised mainly permanent pasture and was primarily used for beef cattle. The appellants had sold approximately 48ha of land to a sand and gravel company, including the farmhouse and many of the agricultural buildings. The council claimed that the appellants retained a number of modern buildings that could be converted and consequently a clear need for a building 62m long and 37m wide with a 6m high roof had not been demonstrated.

While agreeing that it would be a very large structure, the inspector held that it would be related to the agricultural use of the land. Even though the appellants' shortage of space was largely of their own making, he accepted that this did not lessen their need for a purpose-built rearing shed. He concluded that there was a need for the development and that it complied with green belt policy.

DCS No: 100039048; Inspector: Chris Watson; Hearing.

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