Agenda item

Full Application - Retrospective planning consent for the retention of a shepherds hut for tourist accommodation and for an ancillary washroom on land to the west side of Townend Lane, Waterfall, Waterhouses (NP/SM/0522/0743)


The report was presented by the Planning Officer who outlined the reasons for refusal.


The following spoke under the Public Participation Scheme:


·         Mr Allen Newby, Agent


Members discussed whether the shepherd’s hut could be considered ancillary to the farm business as the Officer view was that it was not ancillary and therefore was in contravention of policy.  Members also expressed concerned regarding the wash house, which was a permanent structure.


A motion to refuse the application in accordance with the Officer recommendation was moved and seconded put to the vote and carried.




To REFUSE the application for the following reasons:


1. The siting of a single shepherds hut for holiday accommodation in this location fails to accord with adopted planning policies DMR1 and DME2 because it does not support farm diversification and is not located close to the facilities of a farmstead.


2. By virtue of the form, design and isolated location in open countryside, the existing Shepherds Hut and the proposed ancillary washroom does not meet the criteria set out in part A of Core Strategy Policy L1, which requires development to conserve and enhance the valued landscape character of the area.




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