Monthly Archives: October 2020

Bee happy






An Essex council’s imposition of a condition requiring the submission of an ecological enhancement scheme on the reserved matters approval for nine bungalows was no doubt borne of the best of motives. Deleting the condition and awarding costs to the appellant, however, (DCS Number 400-028-159) an inspector pointed out that Planning Practice Guidance is clear that the only conditions which can be imposed when reserved matters are approved are conditions which directly relate to those reserved matters. 

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Double trouble






An inspector has deleted a condition which required that a new bungalow in Cambridgeshire should be one-bedroomed and single storey only, ruling it to be unnecessary (DCS Number 400-027-951).

The appellant suggested that first floor rooms could be incorporated into a chalet bungalow, with no windows facing properties on an adjacent road. The inspector accepted that it was for the appellant to demonstrate, through the submission of detailed plans, whether or not first floor accommodation or more than one bedroom could be incorporated into the bungalow without compromising its design and the relationship with the character and appearance of the area. Any design, the inspector continued, would also need to ensure that acceptable levels of outlook, light and privacy for occupiers of neighbouring properties would be retained. The removal of the condition would not preclude the council from assessing these elements of the scheme at the reserved matters stage.

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Any port in a storm






Following on from Travelling light, here is another appeal case in which the inspector found reason to depart from development plan policy on internal space standards (DCS Number 400-027-903).

This case concerns an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the creation of two additional units at a homeless hostel in west London. The units, the inspector noted, would fall some way below the adopted internal space standards in the local plan and would not be provided with any private external space. He also noted, however, that the local plan was clear that development would be required to meet the demands of everyday life for the intended occupants. 

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An undesirable






The residential conversion of agricultural barns under Class Q of the GPDO is precluded if the location or siting would make it ‘impractical’ or ‘undesirable’. Conversion is often found to be ‘impractical’, but when might a conversion be considered ‘undesirable’? 

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