Casebook: Appeal Case - Commercial and Industrial - Park office use held to have minimal impact

The use of a former dwelling in the New Forest as an office has won support from an inspector who determined that the building was worthy of retention and no demonstrable harm would arise.

The residential use had ceased many years previously. While recognising that an office use would increase the presence of parked cars and increase activity, the inspector noted that the site did not lie in a wilderness area. There were other buildings in the vicinity and the site was affected by noise from traffic on a nearby road, he added. Consequently he held that it would not significantly affect the unique character and quality of the forest.

DCS No: 100039811; Inspector: Bruce Barnett; Hearing.


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