Actions have consequences

An inspector dealing with an appeal against a Dorset council’s refusal to remove an agricultural occupancy condition from a six bedroom house with a tennis court, swimming pool and extensive grounds (DCS Number 200-007-059) reminds us that planning really ought to involve some degree of looking ahead.

The inspector acknowledged that the council and others had concerns that the planning system had been ‘played’. “However,” he continued, “it seems to me that the problem stems from the approval of a large house in the first place, and then allowing substantial additions, with the inevitable consequence that the size and resultant increase in value puts the property beyond the means or requirements of those who might otherwise need such a dwelling and be able to occupy it.” He concluded that the condition no longer served a useful planning purpose, and should be removed.

Further examples where this situation has occurred are listed in DCP Online section 9.4332.

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