DC Casebook: Housing: conversion - Country house staff need claim rejected

The conversion of a barn in Hampshire to residential occupation has been ruled unacceptable after an inspector concluded that the site is in an unsustainable location.

The appellant intended the dwelling for staff at his country house. He explained that a gardener, cleaner, shepherd and babysitter were employed on a part-time basis and the conversion would allow him to employ one or two full-time replacements. This would reduce the number of trips to the site, he claimed. He submitted a legal obligation restricting occupation of the property.

The inspector found that the site was unsustainable. Moreover, he was not convinced that the property needed a full-time on-site worker or that such a requirement would continue in future with a new occupier. Under these circumstances, he decided that it would be difficult for the council to refuse a request to vary the obligation terms, leading to a dwelling with no occupancy restrictions.

DCS Number 100-064-665

Inspector Christian Leigh; Written representations


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