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The past is a foreign country






“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”, wrote L P Hartley.

At this time of year it is not uncommon to become a bit reflective, musing on all the changes, good and bad, that have occurred over the previous twelve months. Looking back much further than a year, it seems that things were done significantly differently in planning from how they are done now. See whether you think the change is for the better or the worse.

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Join the dots






Obscure glazing is not generally considered a suitable method of mitigating unacceptable levels of privacy in habitable rooms due to the impact on outlook. An alternative method, described in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for nine houses in north London (DCS Number 200-008-048) might be worth a look on a constrained site.

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To the nines






In deciding that the residential conversion of a barn in Cornwall under permitted development rights was ruled out by a condition attached to the planning permission for the building (DCS Number 400-020-154) an inspector has made reference to the nine principles for conditions set out in Dunnett.

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Fire away






In a previous blog, Flame test, we reported an appeal case in which an inspector was not satisfied that a sprinkler system would provide adequate mitigation against fire safety risk at a site for four flats which would be inaccessible to fire appliances. In another appeal concerning the erection of one dwelling in Greater Manchester, on the other hand, an inspector decided that sprinklers would overcome the problem.

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