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Hi. Has anyone got examples of firewood (and timber planks) drying barn as being permitted development for forestry purposes?

 

In my view drying timber in the woods (from my own homegrown timber) should be part of my normal forestry operation & I think a drying a barn is necessary. None of my pallet stacks with tin or tarp roofs hold out water as well as a barn.

 

However the planners say a timber drying barn requires full planning permission as a change from forestry to industrial use (I'm on a National Park which makes things a bit less easy).

 

Has anyone got any examples of of wood drying barns being permitted development under prior notification? On appeal or as PN would be good, especial in a national park or aonb.

 

I know of Druid Farm on DNP and Doynton in South Gloucestershire AONB, but could do with more examples.

 

Thank you.

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Our barn 12m x 7m has a 2m overhang - the overhang part of the barn is specifically for seasoning timber from our woodland.... we got that through permitted development. We're in Pembrokeshire National Park.... we had to go to appeal to get it through.

 

Does this help?

cheers, steve

 

p.s.... I've been recently questioning where the boundary between agriculture & forestry blurs into commercial. eg; if you turn your planks into bird boxes is that then classed as commercial?!!.... it's vague to say the least!

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Thanks Steve A. Can you please give me a case reference number for your application and appeal - or a name for the woodland and I should be able to dig it out. That is very helpful.

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Hi Paper Rustler. I'd rather not say which park I'm in at the moment.

Just to say - the Authority has so far been less that helpful, and even gone to the lengths of enlisting my neighbour to install cctv and keep a log book of all my comings and goings. 3 years on this mission and I'm not yet there to have a barn to store my machinery in or dry my timber.

Great what you can do with 'temporary' structures - but still not good enough.

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Thanks Steve A. Can you please give me a case reference number for your application and appeal - or a name for the woodland and I should be able to dig it out. That is very helpful.

 

Sure. Will send you a private message.... cheers, Steve

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If you are just seasoning timber from your own land then I don't see why it should be classed as commercial.

 

If you are processing that wood on a large scale and/ or importing lots of timber onto your site then that's where things may blur into commercial use..... especially considering traffic movement & noise pollution for local residents.

 

cheers, Steve

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