Does that make sense?

Readers might recall mention in this blog (Joined-up government?) of a case in which costs were awarded against a Devon council after it refused a prior approval application for a barn on the grounds that it would not be located in an agricultural unit (DCS Number 400-010-510). The council believed that the primary use of the land was equestrian. Such a decision was not an option for the council under the GPDO, the inspector ruled.

In another decision, however, a Surrey council’s decision was upheld after it refused a prior approval application for a barn on the grounds that it would not be located in an agricultural unit (DCS Number 400-010-883). The inspector was not satisfied that there was evidence of an existing agricultural trade or business. Accordingly, she upheld the council’s decision.

Unh?

The following DCP chapter is relevant: 22.1112

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