Casebook: Appeal case - Agricultural development - Need for woodworker to live in caravans rejected

An enforcement notice requiring the removal of two caravans and a lean-to extension at a site in north Wales has been upheld after an inspector held that the appellant's personal needs did not justify temporary permission.

The 0.4ha site lay in open countryside. The appellant was a highly skilled green woodworker using traditional tools and methods to make furniture from natural wood. The inspector acknowledged that the appellant, who was also an expert in sustainable coppice management, had a genuine commitment to his craft.

However, he noted that wood used to make the furniture and other objects were imported onto the site. The appellant's wish to live on the site was related to his ethos that green woodworking should only take place in a rural setting rather than in an urban area, he considered. This was insufficient to outweigh strong policy objections to establishing a residential use in the countryside, he ruled.

DCS No: 100039454; Inspector: Clive Nield; Hearing.

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