Monthly Archives: November 2020

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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