In mid-April I spoke at a planning committee meeting along with a client, to try to persuade a planning committee to grant permanent permission for an existing log cabin, that only had a temporary planning consent. It was first placed on the farm in 2007 and was followed by an application for a bricks-and-mortar house in 2012, which was also passed. However, the applicants did not remove the log cabin, which they were meant to do. It was occupied by their shepherd.
The farm is a 30-acre holding in an AONB, in an expensive part of the country. The farmer in question actually farms a lot more than 30 acres, renting in land from around 30 different landlords, and occupying in excess of 2000 acres, depending on time of year. So, it is a complex beef and sheep business, but it is strongly profitable.
We had previously lost a planning appeal hearing for this application in 2017, and in 2018 the local authority had refused to even consider the re-application. I had to instruct a barrister to prepare an opinion to get the Council to change their mind, and ‘validate’ the application.
The farmer had a lot of local support, but the planning officers were vehemently against granting permission. We were delighted that the planning committee granted permanent permission for this second permanent dwelling on the livestock farm. We won the committee vote 6:1, which was very gratifying. Another satisfied client.
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