Provision of an Agricultural Worker’s Dwelling, Town Farm, Old Stillington
This case involved a farmer trying to hand over the succession of the farm to his daughter whilst still trying to remain on site during his retirement. Prism Planning successfully won an appeal against Stockton on Tees Borough Council to allow a farming family to build an agricultural worker’s dwelling at Town Farm, Old Stillington. The case involved a mixed use arable and sheep farm with a growing line in breeding heavy horse hunters.
Prism argued that the proposed development is in full accordance with the objectives of the NPPF and that there is a clear functional need for the development to allow this mixed livestock farm to continue to operate.
At the appeal hearing, the Inspector found that both the Council and their experts had wrongly applied national tests in their assessment of the viability of the farm, being unduly pessimistic as to the labour needs of the holding and critically, had tried to disaggregate the various parts of the farming business. This was a fundamentally wrong approach and Prism’s approach was found to have been correct.
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