Woodland waste store held unsuitable

An enforcement notice directed against the storage of household waste materials, cardboard and other scrap at a woodland site in the North York Moors national park has been upheld after an inspector found that a breach of planning control had occurred.

The appellant explained that her aim was to turn an area of neglected small private woodland into a useful environmental and community resource. She maintained that many materials were stored on site pending construction of a building. But the inspector saw no real prospect that permission would be forthcoming for any building on the site. The building materials were not required for forestry or agriculture and were therefore unlawful, he ruled.

The appellant went on to assert that some items were stored for future activities associated with the woodland project. The inspector observed that many of them were present in large quantities. While accepting that some might have a use for forestry or agriculture, he felt that unless there was a real prospect that they would be put to such a use in the near future they were waste materials stored in an inappropriate location.

DCS Number 100-051-228

Inspector John Braithwaite; Hearing.

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