Mobile home bid rejected

PLANNING chiefs have upheld a decision not to allow planning permission for a mobile home in the countryside.

Durham County Council have dismissed an appeal for permission to have a mobile home to provide on-site facilities at Green Valley Stables in Salter’s Lane, Trimdon.

The appeal was made by Mr J Crake against the council’s decision to refuse planning permission on the grounds that the development would constitute an unjustified and visually intrusive feature in the countryside, detrimental to the character and appearance of the area.

A planning inspector dismissed the appeal, considering that the proposal had potential to be used for residential use and would be sited in the open countryside.

The inspector considered a large factory-built mobile home alien to its natural surroundings and visually out of character with the buildings on site.

The inspector added it would increase the accumulation of buildings and encroach further into the countryside.