AN APPEAL against refusing to give planning permission for a change of use of an agricultural building has been thrown out by a government inspector.

However, the mini industrial estate in the countryside at Penrhos between Arddleen and Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain, has already been built.

And a catalogue delivery business is based there.

The retrospective planning application was made by James Owen to Powys County Council for the demolition of agricultural buildings, building the warehouse and also the new gates and associated works.

The application was refused by PCC planners in March this year, and two previous applications have also been refused.

Enforcement action that could see the warehouse demolished is also taking place.

Planning inspector, Kay Sheffield, said: “Whilst I am aware of of the planning history of the site and the outstanding application and enforcement notices, my determination is restricted to the appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the change of use of the existing building.

“The main issues are the effect of the development on highway safety and the residential living conditions of the occupants of neighbouring properties by reason of noise or light.”

Ms Sheffield found that the extra number of vehicles that would travel up and down the narrow county lanes  would “result in an unacceptable risk to highway safety”.

“On the evidence before me I find that the development would be detrimental to highway safety and the residential living conditions of the occupants of neighbouring properties by reason of noise and lights,” said Ms Sheffield

Mr Owen is the founder and managing director of an online retailer employing around 14 people.

He bought the agricultural property in Penrhos with a large footprint of redundant buildings .

These buildings have been extensively renovated and replaced these to make them suitable for the business requirements.

By seeking retrospective planning permission Mr Owen hoped that nearby residents and the council would “recognise potential benefits” that his development could offer them.

Mr Owen has also said that building at Penrhos was his only “viable” option as he had exhausted his search for suitable buildings or development land.

It is expected that the planning committee will note the inspectors decision at their meeting on Thursday, August 1.