Monthly Archives: November 2020

Good news, bad news






A north Devon council which issued an enforcement notice alleging “the material change of use of the land involving the erection of a building for residential use entailing human habitation” was given some good news and bad news by the inspector determining the subsequent appeal (DCS Number 400-028-602). The inspector found that the council had conflated the operational development with the material change of use but nevertheless declined to rule that the notice was a nullity. He did rule that it was invalid, though. 

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Sunny Devon






This year has been pretty awful for the tourism industry but 2021 is now looking altogether brighter for the owner of a holiday caravan park in north Devon, having secured a lawful development certificate for an unrestricted number of caravans (DCS Number 400-028-391). At appeal, an inspector ruled that the number of caravans was no longer bound by the original planning permission for 45 caravans.

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Catch 22






Here is another appeal example relating to an aspect of the GPDO which we commented on in 2017, in A lose-lose situation. There are still no winners.

This case relates to an appeal against the refusal of a lawful development certificate for a single storey extension to a house in an Oxfordshire village (DCS Number 400-028-293). The site was in both a conservation area and the North Wessex Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.

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Virtual reality






Readers might be aware that the Planning Inspectorate’s latest Procedural Guide now allows for the appeal process to be a hybrid of the inquiry, hearing and written representations procedures. This reflects the greater flexibility provided for in the Business and Planning Act 2020 which contains measures designed to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Be kind






In a decision which appears to reflect the current zeitgeist, an inspector has ruled that in making planning decisions, good neighbourliness must be assumed (DCS Number 400-028-265).

The proposal in this case sought to use part of the flat roof of a single storey rear extension at a flat in west London as a balcony enclosed by railings and as a walkway to a spiral staircase providing a means of escape and access to the rear garden.

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