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Appeal: Detached annex for appellant’s disabled daughter conflicts with policy

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An inspector has refused permission to convert a tractor storage barn near Torquay into an annex for the appellant’s disabled daughter, ruling that it would conflict with various planning policies, and noting that other ways to address the daughter’s needs had not yet been discounted.

The appeal relates to a barn, currently used for storing a tractor, just outside the settlement boundary of Kingsbridge, a town south of Torquay. The proposal seeks permission to convert the barn into an accessible two-bedroom annex for the appellant's daughter, who has Downs Syndrome.Because the barn is beyond the nearest settlement boundary, local policy governing countryside development........
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