Monthly Archives: May 2022

The loss of privileges






In upholding enforcement notices directed at the material change of use of premises in north London to a house in multiple occupation and flats, the erection of a single storey rear extension and a dormer roof extension, in addition to the erection of a dwelling in the back garden, an inspector has pointed out that permitted development rights do not apply to buildings or uses which are unlawful (DCS Number 400-035-493).

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Tilting at windmills






We might be tilting at windmills with this one but ‘the tilted balance’ does seem an odd expression. So, although it might be just us, we thought we would pass on a neat explanation from a reporter, determining an appeal against the refusal of permission for a large housing scheme outside Edinburgh, in case it’s helpful (DCS Number 400-035-535). 

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Perilously close






An inspector has granted planning permission for an earth-sheltered dwelling in the east Midlands countryside, having found that it would have the wow factor (DCS Number 400-035-511). 

There could be little doubt, the inspector found, that the proposed state-of-the-art dwelling had been carefully and sensitively designed to the most exacting environmental standards. He also remarked that those parts of the dwelling that would be visible from outside the site would have a striking contemporary appearance that would add a new and architecturally distinct element to the local landscape. In short, he considered that the house would possess the wow factor. 

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