A local planning authority has recently failed in its attempt to impose an agricultural tie on a property in the open countryside.
The consultant assigned to help the owners of Tor Cottage successfully argued that the policies the planning authority were trying to use didn't comply with national planning policies, and hence don't apply.
Agricultural ties are relatively common tools used by local councils to limit those who can live in countryside properties to agricultural workers only. This is a huge restriction on a home and typically knocks at least a third off its value.
Andrew Parkin, the national planning inspector who ruled on the Tor Cottage case, found that the proposed restriction was "not necessary, enforceable or reasonable".