The site contained a derelict farm building and a number of small poultry sheds. The appellants explained that the building would house a local joinery firm capable of providing continuing local employment for around five staff. The council claimed that it would adversely affect the village's character and residents' amenity in two homes adjacent to the site.
The inspector found that the site fell within the settlement boundaries. In his view, the proposed workshop would be consistent with the scale and form of a small agricultural building and so would not adversely affect the village's character. It would also provide accommodation for local workers, he opined.
In relation to the amenity impact, he noted that the building would incorporate a reinforced cladding system to ensure that noise levels at the nearest homes fell within acceptable limits. He decided that a condition preventing the use of machinery when the building's roller shutter doors were open would be effective in preventing noise nuisance. He also restricted use of the building to a joinery workshop.
DCS Number 100-051-143
Inspector Brian Rogers; Written representations.