Casebook: Appeal cases - Commercial and industrial - Business use allowed despite reliance on cars

The conversion of buildings at a farm in Surrey for light industrial purposes has been permitted despite an inspector's acknowledgement that occupiers would be dependent on cars.

The inspector noted that a previous appeal involving the conversion of the buildings to form seven homes had been dismissed for a variety of reasons. The previous inspector had voiced concern about the site's lack of accessibility by non-car means of transport and expressed disquiet that opportunities for some form of business reuse had not been fully explored.

The second inspector observed that the farm lay some distance from the nearest settlement so any form of development would rely on car travel.

However, he added that the reuse of rural buildings accords with both national and local planning policy. Granting permission for the scheme would secure their long-term retention and prevent dereliction and disrepair, he held.

DCS No: 100039321; Inspector: Chris Gossop; Hearing.

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