DC Casebook: Agricultural Development - Timber and turf home approved in park

A mobile home has been allowed for an agricultural worker in the Lake District as an exception to national park policy, with an inspector finding that its eco-friendly design would have minimal visual impact.

The inspector was satisfied from the appellant's significant investment and commitment that he had a firm intention to continue development of the intensive horticultural enterprise and that it was planned on a sound financial basis. He saw a clear functional need for the appellant to reside on site at most times to run the holding, look after a flock of ducks and guard against frost damage. He accepted that expensive automated ventilation systems and temperature alarms were beyond the reach of the embryonic enterprise.

A local plan policy stated that mobile homes and caravans would not normally be permitted as permanent accommodation due to their form, materials, design and visual impact. The inspector saw that the mobile home looked very different, being timber clad with a turf roof. As it was small and placed virtually out of sight, he decided that it had minimal impact on the park's character and appearance and should be treated as an exception.

DCS Number 100-064-473

Inspector Tony Lyman; Hearing

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