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A HORSE breeder who stationed a mobile home at a Calderdale beauty spot has lost a second appeal to retain it.

Deidre Patten was given permission to build stables in a field overlooking Hardcastle Crags two years ago.

But she also parked a caravan there, claiming she needed to live on site to expand her business to include alpacas and organic vegetables.

A planning inspector rejected the proposal last year, saying she did not have the experience or training to develop the business and it had not been set up on a firm financial basis.

Another inspector has now upheld a Calderdale Council enforcement notice requiring Ms Patten to remove the building and a fence, and to restore the land within six months.

The site is close to a former scout hostel at High Laithe, Widdop Road, Hebden Bridge, which is a special landscape area.

The planning inspector, Mrs J Chance, decided: “Whether the mobile home is being used for living accommodation, as a canteen and overnight stay for a stable lad, or is being stored on the land is of no consequence as there is no planning permission for a change use of the land.

“Similarly there is no planning permission for the fence.”

In addition, the hard-core access track and parking area is in breach of planning.