Posts By: dcplatest

Off the wall






Perhaps an inspector wasn’t looking on the bright side when he denied advertisement consent for the retention of a painted sea lantern on the front of a tattoo parlour in Dorset, ruling that it harmed the grade II listed building (DCS Number 400-019-044).

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Solemnly and sincerely






Sometimes the art and science of planning can lie in being able to recognise when something is not quite right. A useful pointer with regard to the assessment of legal evidence can be drawn from a recent appeal against the refusal of a lawful development certificate for the use of adjacent land as a garden extension at a property in County Durham (DCS Number 400-019-049).

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Holiday time






It’s high summer so it must be time to talk about holiday cottages….

Notwithstanding his determination that a holiday cottage at a golf club in Bedfordshire was a dwellinghouse, an inspector decided that the necessary period for its residential occupation to become immune from enforcement was ten years rather than four (DCS Number 200-007-562).

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Kapow!






We hesitate to contradict an inspector but we feel we must comment on a ruling involving three superheroes in Warwickshire. This appeal was against a listed building enforcement notice which required the removal of Batman, Superman and Spiderman from the front elevation of a bar and restaurant (DCS Number 400-018-962). Batman and Superman were standing on a recess above the fascia at first floor level and Spiderman was climbing up the wall.

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A ludicrous situation






When a planning inspector finds himself explaining that “We are forced into this somewhat ludicrous situation by the wording of the various Orders and Planning Acts ….” we must be in a serious mess. However, this situation arose in an appeal against an enforcement notice directed at a barn conversion on a farm in Worcestershire (DCS Number 200-007-575). The sequence of events leading to the appeal is this:

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Whatever happened to….






….Advertisement Appeals Inspectors?

The chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate has explained that a large part of the reason for the current delay in the handling of planning appeals is “the unexpected receipt of more than 1000 prior approval appeals for phone kiosks”. We can see how the jam has built up if DCS Number 400-018-743 is anything to go by. In this case an experienced inspector has taken over four sides of A4 to determine an appeal against the refusal of prior approval for a call box. No doubt Euro Payphone Limited was happy to have one of PINS’ top people dealing with its appeal but was it really necessary? The DCP Blog remembers when PINS had a small team of specialist Advertisement Appeals Inspectors. Given that it is no secret that the interest in phone kiosks arises largely from their function as structures for the display of advertisements, wouldn’t it be an idea to allocate a SWAT team of specialist inspectors to deal with the phone kiosk appeals?

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