Domestic effect stops holidayconversion

The conversion of a disused water pumping station in the Cotswolds into a holiday let has been rejected after an inspector decided that the scheme would give the site a domestic character.

The building contained a single room with an attic above and was situated on overgrown land in a conservation area. The inspector recognised that the building was limited in size and was not prominent in views from the countryside. However, he noted that its conversion would require the construction of a new vehicular access.

In his opinion, the presence of one or more parked cars on the land would alter its character from one that fitted into its surroundings to a more intensive residential use that would undermine the largely natural appearance of the plot. This would undermine the character of the conservation area and the scenic quality of the area of outstanding natural beauty, he decided.

DCS Number 100-051-144

Inspector David Nicholson; Written representations.

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