DC Casebook: Agricultural Development - Need for hard surface dismissed at farm

The construction of a hard surface at a farm in Worcestershire has been rejected after the appellant failed to persuade an inspector that it is necessary for agricultural purposes.

The site comprised almost 1,000m2 in the corner of a field. The appellant explained that the hardstanding would be used to store between 50 and 75 silage bales and equipment used on the farm, including a telehandler for loading the bales. The inspector observed that the site was prominently located near a public highway.

Machinery stored on the land would be clearly visible and detract from the rural character, he ruled. In his view, a hard surface was not necessary to store the bales and the appellant had failed to show why they could not be simply stored in the field with no surface support. In such circumstances the appeal had to be dismissed, he held.

DCS Number 100-058-120

Inspector Martin Whitehead; Written representations.

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