A FARMER failed in a bid to lift an enforcement notice and to recover his costs.
The appeal arose at Saddlewood Farm, Willaston, where Cheshire West and Chester Council served a notice on Nicholas Hopkins of Hinderton Estates Ltd relating to an unauthorised single storey building.
Mr Hopkins was required to remove the building within a six month period but challenged the notice.
Inspector John Whalley said Saddlewood Farm consists of just over three hectares of pasture and woodland.
The building was said to be a replacement.
Mr Hopkins argued the building benefited from a planning concession but this was not accepted by the inspector.
Mr Whalley suggested there was no justification for the machinery building to meet the needs of the land at Saddlewood Farm. If it was to be used in connection with Mr Hopkins's land elsewhere at Hinderton Hall, 1.5km distant or at a horticultural holding at Newhall Nurseries 4km away, there was no need for it to be located at Saddlewood Farm.
Refusing to make an order for costs, the inspector concluded that the council was right to find there was no justification for the building.