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Draft PPS14 Sustainable Development in the Countryside
Policy CTY 4

Policy CTY 4 – Dwellings For Non-Agricultural Business Enterprises
Planning permission will be granted for a dwelling house in connection with an established non-agricultural business enterprise where a site specific need can be clearly demonstrated that makes it essential for one of the firm’s employees to live at the site of their work.
Where such a need is accepted the dwelling house will need to be located beside, or within, the boundaries of the business enterprise and integrate with the buildings on the site.

Justification & Amplification

4.37 Established non-agricultural business enterprises, located in the countryside, may exceptionally require residential accommodation. The presence of such a business is not, of itself, sufficient justification to grant permission for someone to live on the site. A site specific need must be clearly demonstrated which makes it essential for one of the firm’s employees to live at the site of their work, as against a general desire for a dwelling in association with the business.
4.38 A business which has been operating satisfactorily without residential accommodation will be expected to demonstrate why accommodation is now considered necessary in order to enable the enterprise to function properly. Furthermore it should be noted that the need to provide improved security from theft and/or vandalism by having someone living on the site is unlikely on its own to warrant the grant of planning permission.
4.39 Planning permission granted under this policy will be subject to a condition restricting occupation to an employee of the firm in order to retain the dwelling for the use of the business.
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