The neighbours might not have thought much of this one (DCS Number 400-022-191) but it gives us an idea how far built development can vary from the approved plans before being deemed unauthorised.
Monthly Archives: June 2019
In It ain’t necessarily so we reported an appeal case in which a certificate of lawfulness was issued for a mobile home within a residential curtilage despite the council’s concern that it could be used as a separate unit of accommodation. What if a mobile home were to be built and assembled on site? Surely then it would need planning permission? Still no.
Curtilage caravans which provide all the requirements for independent occupation must require planning permission, right? Not necessarily. Proving the case, an inspector has issued a certificate of lawfulness for the siting of a three-bedroom mobile home within the garden of a house in Essex (DCS Number 400-021-680).
A group of bikers might not be the first image that comes to mind when thinking of the British countryside, but an inspector has allowed a motorcycle café in rural Lincolnshire, pointing out that motorcycling is an activity which can contribute to the rural economy (DCS Number 400-021-913).
In the green belt openness and visual amenity used to be discrete things but it looks like they have merged into one another. For the record, an inspector dealing with an appeal against the refusal of permission for a single dwelling in the green belt in Hertfordshire has set out the relevant court cases (DCS Number 200-008-480).
They live high on the hog in Essex. Because there, a restaurant is reckoned to be a community facility.
In this case (DCS Number 400-022-010) the change of use of a restaurant to two residential units was rejected at appeal because it “…would have a harmful impact on the ability of the community to meet its day to day needs.”