Casebook: Appeal Cases - Commercial and Industrial - Kennels ruled out due to impact on rural area

An inspector has turned down proposals from an animal rescue charity for kennels for unwanted dogs in the Devon countryside after finding that the scheme would have an unacceptable impact on a rural area.

The appeal site comprised two fields in undulating countryside. The scheme involved a prefabricated kennel block 20m long, 9m wide and more than 3m high incorporating an office, staff room, laundry room and food preparation area. The appellants argued that it would allow them to continue animal welfare and rescue work.

The appellants asserted that the site was generally well screened from public viewpoints. But the inspector found that it was readily visible in some public views. He concluded that the proposal would constitute a discordant and intrusive feature in the landscape. The beneficial work done by the appellants in caring for unwanted dogs did not outweigh the conflict with countryside policies, he held.

DCS No: 100039087; Inspector: Gareth Isaac; Hearing.

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