DC Casebook: Housing: New Build - Rebuild fails to meet exceptions rule

An inspector has upheld an enforcement notice requiring the demolition of a dwelling in the Cornish countryside because it does not meet the local plan's exceptions site policy for affordable housing.

Permission had been granted in 2006 to convert and extend a small redundant agricultural building to provide an affordable home subject to prior approval being obtained for any demolition works. The building was subsequently demolished and reconstruction began without any prior approval.

The inspector found that the site was not in or adjacent to any settlement and so did not comply with the exceptions sites policy. He was satisfied that the original scheme had been permitted because the benefits provided by conversion and reuse of a redundant farm building were found to outweigh concerns about the location. Once the building was demolished in its entirety these wider benefits were lost, he concluded.

Inspector: Clive Kirkbride; Hearing

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