As the pigeon flies

In an appeal case in which the potential threat to residential amenity came from an airborne source the inspector took the topography of the land into account in coming to her decision. In this case (DCS Number 400-024-952) a south Wales householder was denied permission to retain a pigeon loft in his rear garden.

The pigeon loft was located in an elevated position on a steep valley side, above residential properties. The inspector considered that pigeon lofts can have negative impacts on the use or enjoyment of land and properties as a result of the potential for odour, noise, faecal deposition and vermin. She acknowledged that the loft was located some 25 metres from the rear boundaries of a number of residential properties. Nevertheless, she judged that, given the topography, the separation distance ‘as the pigeon flies’ was limited should noise and odour problems arise, and also presented opportunities for birds to roost on neighbouring dwellings and structures not in the control of the appellant.


Section 12.833 of DCP Online covers pigeon lofts and aviaries.