Farm dwelling marketing held deficient

An inspector has refused to sanction the removal of an agricultural occupancy condition imposed on a permission for a two-bedroom semi-detached bungalow in Derbyshire after concluding that the property had been inadequately marketed.

The appellant explained that the property had been marketed since August 2005 at an asking price of £210,000. After a local estate agent estimated that the condition reduced the value of the property to between £150,000 and £160,000, the appellant dropped the asking price to £170,000. The inspector noted that details of the property had been advertised on the internet but had not been placed with specialist agricultural agents.

He was also concerned that the appellant had not offered it for sale at the price advised by the agent. In view of the number of applications for new agricultural dwellings in the area received during the past six years, he decided that the condition should be retained to provide modestly priced housing for farm workers.

DCS Number 100-050-463

Inspector Martin Seddon; Hearing.

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