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Appeal: Green belt bungalow turns on legal definition of ‘agriculture’


Contentious plans to demolish a hay store and tack room on green belt land and replace it with a bungalow can go ahead after an inspector consulted case law in ruling that the existing buildings were not in agricultural use.

The appeal concerned two buildings described as a “hay store and tack room”, on green belt land near Mawdesley, between Liverpool and Manchester. The appellant sought permission to demolish the buildings and replace them with a bungalow. Although new buildings are generally considered inappropriate in the green belt, national policy lists a number of exceptional circumstances........
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