Casebook: Appeal Cases - Commercial and Industrial - Training benefits support workshop at boatyard

A workshop intended for use in repairing and building canal boats has been allowed in the Staffordshire green belt after an inspector decided that very special circumstances had been established.

The appellant operated a young people's care home on adjoining land and wanted to use the workshop to help residents overcome emotional difficulties.

He maintained that the workshop would provide an opportunity to create a tailor-made vocational training establishment to meet the needs of disadvantaged and unstable people.

The inspector decided that the close proximity of the boatyard to the care home presented a unique opportunity to help train and rehabilitate young people. He agreed that it would help in the operation of the boatyard, which in turn would benefit the local economy and the tourism industry.

He decided that these constituted very special circumstances justifying inappropriate green belt development.

DCS No: 100039040; Inspector: Jim Metcalf; Written representations.

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