Mr K Carpenter The Planning Inspectorate 3/26 Wing Temple Quay House 2 The Square Bristol BS1 6PN 29th August

2013 Dear Mr Carpenter, TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 – APPEAL UNDER SECTION 174 MILL FIELD, MINEHEAD ROAD, BISHOPS LYDEARD, TAUNTON, SOMERSET APP/D3315/C/13/2203860 I am in receipt of a letter from Taunton Deane Borough Council in respect of an appeal at the above site. I have previously commented on developments at this site. I am disappointed that an appeal has been lodged against the enforcement notice served to secure compliance with the planning permission and planning control more generally. Planning permission was granted for a pheasant farm on this site in 2009. A mobile home was temporarily allowed on-site, to be removed in May 2012. The appellant failed to do this, compounding the breach of planning control by bringing on a caravan for additional residential use. Following this, the appellant applied for planning permission for a permanent agricultural worker’s dwelling in place of the caravan and mobile home. This application was refused on 19th October 2012 and no appeal was submitted. Somewhat belatedly, the local planning authority has now served an enforcement notice requiring that the residential use of the caravan and mobile home be curtailed as well as the removal of the caravan. The action required and the timescale given seem entirely reasonable to me. Turning to the third ground of appeal, that planning permission ought to be granted, I refer to the appellant’s unsuccessful attempt to secure planning permission for a permanent worker’s dwelling on this site. That application was supported by an agricultural appraisal. In my view the document was extremely flimsy and the local planning authority ultimately agreed, refusing permission due to the absence of demonstrated functional need. I attach my assessment of the agricultural appraisal submitted in support of that refused application. This amply demonstrates the fact that there is no requirement

whatsoever for any form of agricultural worker’s dwelling on this site, temporary or permanent. I would therefore respectfully request that this appeal be rejected on all grounds so that the action required to secure compliance with the planning permission can begin. I would be grateful if you would keep me apprised of progress with this appeal. In particular I would like to see the statements of both the appellant and the LPA so that I may make further comment on them. Yours sincerely,

Mike Rigby CEnv BA(Hons) BTP MCIWM ACP County Councillor Lydeard Division, Somerset County Council Enc. Rigby assessment of the Agricultural Appraisal Report

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