Bloomfields were approached by dressage horse breeders, threatened with eviction from their home for breach of an existing planning permission. The breach comprised living on site to supervise the breeding and training of prize winning horses.
Bloomfields undertook a functional and financial need assessment of the equestrian enterprise to support an application to reside on site. Not wanting to set a precedent locally, the Council refused the application, stating there was no functional need for the dwelling. Not content that the application had been dealt with due consideration, Bloomfields resubmitted a planning application to address any concerns raised by the Council, whilst also being ready to appeal the refused application.
The Council, contrary to the advice taken from their rural consultant, still maintained there was no functional need, whilst they considered that the enterprise would not make a sufficient level of revenue to meet the ‘financial test’. Bloomfields maintained their position on the former, and provided case law to refute the latter. However, the Council stood by their decision and the application was due to be refused under delegated powers.
Bloomfields campaigned to get the application considered by the Planning Committee, and brought to the attention of members the Council’s failure to take on board their comments. The application was subsequently approved by the Planning Committee.