….has a silver lining. We are aware that, following the retirement of a number of senior inspectors, PINS’ statistics have not been looking that great recently, particularly with regard to inquiries and hearings. However, whilst it might now take an age to get an appeal decided the upside is that the new, young and hip Inspectorate appears to have a somewhat more modern outlook, as evidenced by a recent appeal decision in Bedford (DCS Number 400-016-143).
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Readers will be aware of the Government’s intention to place a ban on new diesel and petrol cars from 2040. Against that background an inspector’s decision to reject a proposal for a six storey block to accommodate 21 flats on a site within an air quality management area in north London (DCS Number 200-006-656) is of interest.
An appellant has convinced an inspector that a side extension and a rear extension to his house in north London are permitted development because there would be a 5mm gap between them (DCS Number 400-016-088).
In, out, in, out…..
In a case involving a garage extension at a house in Surrey (DCS Number 400-016-084), an inspector has pointed out that with regard to eaves overhangs there is a difference between Class A of the GPDO, which deals with extensions to dwellinghouses and Class E, which deals with buildings incidental to the enjoyment of a dwellinghouse.
Readers who shop in Marks and Spencer might recall that the store was in trouble with the grammar police some years back for displaying signs at some of its tills which said ‘Six items or less’. The offending signs were replaced swiftly with signs indicating that the tills were restricted to customers purchasing the more grammatically correct ‘Six items or fewer’.
The nature of intensification has been examined by an inspector who issued a certificate of lawfulness for an additional six units on a park home site in Hertfordshire (DCS Number 400-015-923).
In upholding an enforcement notice directed at the storage and sale of building materials at a farm in a Shropshire village (DCS Number 200-006-637) an inspector has given a ruling on the interpretation of NPPF guidance on highway safety.
The Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Dartmoor Ponies Factsheet states that “The ponies on Dartmoor are an integral part of the landscape and many visitors to the National Park come specifically to see these animals in their natural environment.”
Sometimes we say things without really thinking through what they mean. We all do it, and the secretary of state is probably no exception. Accordingly, it was very helpful of an inspector, dealing with two called-in applications for a wind farm expansion in Lancashire (DCS Number 200-006-601), to explain the implications of a written ministerial statement to him.
In Use or abuse we queried the meaning of ‘significant’ in the context of Paragraph 112 of the NPPF, which relates to the loss of agricultural land.
An inspector dealing with an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for 28 dwellings in Leicestershire has given us the answer (DCS Number 200-006-606).