Casebook: Appeal cases - Leisure and entertainment. Hotel sun lounge judged to harm coastal scene

An enforcement notice requiring the removal of a sun lounge at a hotel on the Cornish coast has been upheld because of the scheme's adverse impact on the undeveloped landscape.

The hotel sat in extensive grounds stretching onto an undeveloped headland overlooking a beach. The single-storey sun lounge was built partly into sloping ground in an area of special character. The inspector noted that the site was highly visible from public viewpoints, particularly from the beach.

This prominent position made it important to ensure that any development was of good quality, he ruled. In his view, the sun lounge had many of the characteristics of a "bunker" or "fortification" rather than a well-mannered tourism development. Painting it a darker colour or improving the landscaping would not make it acceptable, he concluded.

DCS No: 100039312; Inspector: Andrew Kirby; Hearing.

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