When a local Planning Authority refused a planning application for the conversion of a barn to a dwelling under Class Q in the belief that the building was not solely use for agricultural purposes on 20th March 2013, we submitted more information and evidence with a second planning application to give them the opportunity to reconsider their stance.
Unfortunately, they didn’t so we appealed that second decision.
The Council seemed to be under the misapprehension that an applicant/appellant must “prove beyond all reasonable doubt” that the building and its associated land was in sole agricultural use. Not quite the test necessary, dear Council!
The evidence submitted by us indicated that the use was “on the balance of probability” in sole agricultural use on 20 March 2013.
All other matters were considered to comply with Class Q and the Inspector allowed the appeal.
A tenacious client/planning consultant combination that won the day.