An inspector dealing with an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the extension and conversion of a large house in the west Midlands to nine flats (DCS Number 400-017-594) has pointed out that the national internal space standards are only applicable where a relevant local plan policy is in place:
“The Council raised concern that the development would be contrary to the Nationally Described Space Standards. However, the Written Ministerial Statement of 25 March 2015 makes it clear that such standards can only be applied where there is a relevant current local plan policy. In this case, there is no relevant policy and consequently this is not a matter which carries weight against the proposal.”
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