DC Casebook: Housing: New build - Inspector rejects claim for trainer's home

The owner of a greyhound training centre in the east London green belt has been refused permission for a house on the site after an inspector found insufficient justification for the proposal.

The appellant explained that he had approached the manager of a greyhound racing track with a view to securing new animals to be kennelled and trained at the centre. A condition of securing the manager's approval was that a trainer should be permanently resident at the centre for security and accessibility reasons, he asserted.

The inspector acknowledged that having a member of staff living on the site would be convenient. However, he was unconvinced that it was essential because the trainer could live in a nearby settlement. The premises already contained a farmhouse occupied by a member of the appellant's family and the justification for a second dwelling was not compelling, he ruled.

DCS Number 100-058-230

Inspector Bob Lyon; Written representations.

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