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Timber storage must stop at Copythorne paddock, rules inspector

STORED timber must be removed from a former paddock in Copythorne because it harms the natural beauty of the New Forest, a planning inspector has concluded.

The site at Moor Farm on Barrow Hill Road, was visited by government inspector Robert Parker in May after the national park authority refused to grant retrospective permission for the area to be used for the storage and logging of felled timber.

Mr Parker said in his report: “In addition to felled timber I saw small quantities of fencing materials, piles of rubble and the remains of a large bonfire in the centre of the site.

“The quantity of materials being stored in the open was modest, but the use was spread out across a wide area giving rise to an untidy appearance.”

Mr Parker pointed out that although the site user, Arbwise Ltd, made an important contribution to the local land-based economy, there was no specific need for the timber to be stored at Moor Farm because the business owner did not live there.

He also concluded the development eroded the character and appearance of the Forest North East Conservation Area.

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