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28/03/2018

Appeal: 250km round trip does not justify rural worker’s dwelling

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Plans for a rural worker’s dwelling in Dartmoor National Park have been turned down despite the appellant’s ‘lengthy commute’, after an inspector discerned ‘no functional need” for a worker on the site.

The appeal site sits in open countryside within the Dartmoor National Park in Devon. According to the local development plan, new housing is not allowed in locations such as these unless it can be demonstrated that there is a “proven need” for a dwelling to support an essential rural business.

At the hearing, the appellant indicated that he purchased the 34 hectare site six ye.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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