An inspector has declined to grant a certificate of lawfulness for the use of a former restaurant in the west Midlands as a day nursery (both Class E uses), being unpersuaded by a novel and rather clever argument on behalf of the appellants (DCS Number 400-036-148).
Monthly Archives: June 2022
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.
An inspector has granted prior approval for the residential conversion of an office in an Essex market town under Part 3 Class O of the GPDO (DCS Number 400-036-060), despite the fact that the original planning permission carried the following condition:-
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).
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.
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:-