The appellant owned approximately 6.5ha of land including the cottage, its gardens, various outbuildings, stables, kennels and three mobile homes.
He explained that the mobile homes and outbuildings would be removed as part of the proposals and that money would be spent on refurbishing and altering the cottage.
The inspector found no special need for a new dwelling in the countryside.
Although the proposed dwelling would resemble a converted barn, he judged that it would be perceived as an isolated structure. While recognising that removal of the various buildings would benefit the setting of the cottage, he did not feel that this justified inappropriate development in the countryside.
DCS No: 100039108; Inspector: Neil Holt; Inquiry.