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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An inspector dealing with an appeal against the refusal of a lawful development certificate for a dormer extension at a house in east London has ruled that firewall upstands are not part of the roof (DCS Number 400-020-327).
In an appeal against an enforcement notice directed at the residential use of a stable block in County Durham (DCS Number 400-020-325) an inspector found no difficulty in identifying the meaning of ‘residential paraphernalia’.
A proposal for 16 residential park homes on the edge of a village in Oxfordshire was dismissed at appeal in the absence of affordable housing provision, despite the appellant’s argument that the homes would themselves be affordable (DCS Number 400-020-174).
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.
An enforcement notice aimed at the residential use of land in Worcestershire has been declared a nullity by an inspector for the not uncommon reason of failing to specify a compliance period (DCS Number 400-020-206).
An appellant seeking to establish that the unfettered residential occupancy of a barn conversion in the Lake District would be lawful was disappointed when an inspector decided that the term ‘locality’ in a restrictive condition was precise and enforceable (DCS Number 400-020-182).
In deciding an appeal against a south London council’s refusal to grant a certificate of lawfulness for a vehicle crossover (DCS Number 400-020-168), an inspector has distinguished between ‘porous’ and ‘permeable’ hard surfacing.
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.
At the spookiest time of the year we found this in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for the residential conversion of a church in the Scottish Highlands (DCS Number 400-019-958):