The Dorset pub allowed to use the hut for accommodation


A DORSET pub has been granted permission to use a shepherd’s hut on their property.

The Oak at Dewlish has requested to use the hut for additional accommodation for the guest rooms already on offer.

Company officials successfully argued that it should be considered a lawful development for incidental use of the pub without the need for a building permit.

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Dorset Council planners agreed to the request saying the hut meets the criteria to be considered “a caravan”, is not considered “a development” and would not result in a material change in use of the site. .

Neighbors south of the pub raised concerns about being overlooked by hut occupants and said there had been no site notices warning of the proposal. They said they were also concerned about the added strain on the sewage system which they said sometimes overflows.

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Another neighbor said he was concerned that using the hut would increase noise levels late in the evening and early in the morning and also worried about setting a precedent that could see further development in the garden.

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