Casebook: Appeal cases - Agricultural Development - Equine scheme judged harmful to character

Retrospective permission has been denied for the retention of a stable block and barn at an equine breeding facility in Warwickshire following a ruling that they were not reasonably necessary for the purposes of the enterprise.

The inspector judged that both buildings were of an excessive and unnecessary height. He also expressed concern about the size and nature of the main openings and the introduction of roller shutter doors, which he viewed as unnecessary and unsupported by operational or security grounds. In dismissing the appeal, he cited advice in PPS7 stating that new buildings in the countryside should be strictly controlled to protect its intrinsic character and beauty.

DCS No: OT100-045-302; Inspector: Pete Drew; Hearing.

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