Chichester fruit farm’s appeal thrown out by inspector

A PLANNING appeal for a bungalow and garage on a fruit farm has been thrown out.

Plans for a couple to live in a bungalow and garage at Brookside Fruit Farm in Nutbourne, near Chichester, were rejected by the planning inspectorate, as conditions specify people can only live on-site if they work on the farm.

The report said: “I understand that neither the appellant nor her husband currently works in agriculture, horticulture or forestry, nor did they last work in these area.

“It is clear from all that I have seen and heard that this site has not been used for commercial horitcultural or agricultural purposes in the recent past – including since it was purchased by the appellant in October 2010.”

The planning inspectorate also considered concerns expressed by a local resident, that if the restrictions were removed, this ‘could lead to pressure for the development of the site which could cause problems of flooding’.

The appeal house is a small, two-bedroom bungalow, with a living room and kitchen. About 30 chickens are kept on the premises, but the report said the number was ‘not sufficient’ to amount to an agricultural use of the smallholding.

The report said Chichester District Council thought the removal of the restriction could make a proposal for an extension more likely. The site is in an area of outstanding natural beauty.