Monthly Archives: June 2022

A matter of speculation






An inspector has granted a certificate of lawfulness for the change of use of a terrace property in south-east London from a C3 dwellinghouse to a C4 house in multiple occupation under Part 3 Class L of the GPDO (DCS Number 400-036-104). In doing so he issued a reminder that it is not for a council to refuse a certificate on the basis of fears about future use. 

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One or both






In determining an appeal against the refusal of outline planning permission for 30 entry-level dwellings in a field outside the settlement boundary of a Buckinghamshire village, an inspector offered a useful insight into the meaning of ‘proportionality’ (DCS Number 400-035-950).

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Putting a finger on it






This blog post concerns a topic we have raised previously, in On charge. That post related to the refusal of permission for an electric vehicle parking and charging area in front of a listed house in a Devon village. We raised the question of whether the implications of the move to electric vehicles had been properly thought through in respect of parking and charging. 

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Upwards and onwards






In determining an appeal against the refusal of prior approval under Part 20 Class A of the GPDO for the upward extension of a block of flats in south-east London to provide an additional two flats (DCS Number 400-035-947) an inspector has provided a useful ruling as to whether the effect on the character of the locality can be taken into consideration. Here is what he says:-

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