Mobile home approved at falconry centre

An inspector has allowed the retention of a mobile home at a falconry facility in Wiltshire after he concluded that it was justified on the grounds of business needs.

Planning permission had been granted in 2004 for aviaries and a lodge building incorporating an office, feed store, wildlife hospital and incubator and brooder room facilities. The completed aviaries housed numerous birds of prey and the lodge was now under construction. The centre derived its income from its breeding activities, sale of birds and eggs and visitors who attended experience days. The appellants explained that their original intention was to operate the business from their home about 6km away, but experience had shown that this was not practical.

Despite alarms and security systems, the inspector could see that significant difficulties could arise in maintaining and developing the breeding operations and ensuring the birds' safety and well-being if there were no facilities for someone to stay on the site. The appellants' figures indicated that the finances of the centre were soundly planned, he ruled. He considered that permission to station the mobile home for three years should be sufficient to demonstrate this.

DCS Number 100-050-378

Inspector Ken Barton; Written representations.

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