Nursery and lake ruled to harm green belt

An appeal over the construction of a horticultural nursery on the Merseyside green belt has been dismissed because an inspector judged that the project would unduly affect the openness of the area.

The scheme comprised glasshouses, polytunnels, an office, a staff block and a general storage building. The appellant also proposed to create a recreational fishing lake and a car park for 22 vehicles. The inspector noted that the proposed office and staff block resembled a bungalow.

He considered that the buildings, which would be erected in an open and undeveloped field, would not form a coherent group. Their size, design and siting and the creation of hard surfaced areas would compromise the area's openness, he decided. He judged that no very special circumstances had been put forward to justify the scheme.

DCS Number 100-050-647

Inspector Chris Turner; Hearing.

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