DC Casebook: Food and drink uses - Pub marquee denied on landscape harm

The retention of a marquee at a Wiltshire pub has been rejected after an inspector found that it harms the character and appearance of the North Wessex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.

The inspector considered that the marquee's size and white colour made it a prominent and discordant feature against the green and pleasant backcloth. In his view, its form and appearance might be appropriate for one-off events but not for a permanent function facility, particularly in an area designated for the quality of its landscape.

He held that the marquee was an alien and incongruous feature in its surroundings and caused significant harm to the landscape. He also remarked that it had not been shown that its loss would jeopardise the continued operation of the pub or that holding functions could not be accomplished by alternative means that would be less harmful to the area's character and appearance.

DCS Number 100-065-237

Inspector Steve Amos; Written representations


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