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Land at Dunreyth, Adsdean, Chichester

DATE: 29 Sep 2008

In this appeal, which was decided before the decision in Welwyn Hatfield, it was claimed that residential accommodation, constructed secretly inside a large barn, was immune from enforcement action.  The Council contended that the four year period was not applicable because the facilities did not constitute a dwellinghouse.  There was only one sink and no daylight (the windows looked into the interior of the agricultural building).  Further the residential accommodation was not functionally and physically separate from the remainder of the barn.  The Inspector agreed and dismissed the CLEUD/ground (d) appeal.  However he granted temporary planning permission under ground (a) on the basis of agricultural need associated with the rearing of alpacas. 

Richard Langham appeared for the local planning authority.