Posts By: dcplatest

Still no

In It ain’t necessarily so we reported an appeal case in which a certificate of lawfulness was issued for a mobile home within a residential curtilage despite the council’s concern that it could be used as a separate unit of accommodation. What if a mobile home were to be built and assembled on site? Surely then it would need planning permission? Still no.

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Shape shifting

In the green belt openness and visual amenity used to be discrete things but it looks like they have merged into one another. For the record, an inspector dealing with an appeal against the refusal of permission for a single dwelling in the green belt in Hertfordshire has set out the relevant court cases (DCS Number 200-008-480).

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High on the hog

They live high on the hog in Essex. Because there, a restaurant is reckoned to be a community facility.

In this case (DCS Number 400-022-010) the change of use of a restaurant to two residential units was rejected at appeal because it “…would have a harmful impact on the ability of the community to meet its day to day needs.”

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Substantially completed

Section 171B(1) of the 1990 Act sets out that where there has been a breach of planning control consisting of the carrying out without planning permission of building operations, no enforcement action may be taken after the end of the period of four years beginning with the date on which the operations were substantially completed.

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