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