DC Casebook: Mixed Use Development - Boiler position accepted in rural scheme

A proposal for seven live-work units at a farm in Lincolnshire has been approved despite the fact that an associated biomass boiler would fall within open countryside.

The majority of the development would be on land that contained utilitarian farm buildings. The development would be served by a biomass heating system intended to serve as a demonstration project to educate developers, businesses and the general public on the potential to produce energy from renewable sources.

Although the boiler house and fuel store would be on land outside the designated boundary, the inspector judged that it would be acceptable because of the need to separate the live-work units from this part of the scheme. This would prevent potential disturbance from noise and dust and would enable fuel to be delivered without passing through a residential area, he reasoned.

DCS Number 100-064-237

Inspector Neil Holt; Written representations

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