A thousand words

Whilst plans are often attached to lawful development certificates we don’t know that we have ever seen a plan included within the body of an appeal decision before. But here is one (DCS Number 400-016-424).

This case concerns an appeal against the refusal of a lawful development certificate, as it happens, for a hip to gable enlargement and a rear dormer extension at a semi-detached house in north London. The parties disputed whether or not the proposal would constitute permitted development. Making reference to a roof plan set within his text, the inspector set out his understanding of the difference between the council and the appellant, and his reasoning which led him to agree with the appellant.

This seems like a rather helpful innovation to us. What are readers’ views?

The following DCP section is relevant: 4.3421

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