Posts By: dcplatest

A unit of measurement






Next year the case of Burdle & Williams v SSE & New Forest RDC [1972] will have provided the planning system with a half century of useful service. In recognition of this achievement we really ought to be making plans. We could name a ship, a hospital or a school after it, or perhaps more appropriately we could adopt ‘the burdle’ as a measure for a planning unit. Have a think.

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Neo-Neolithic






One of the many grim consequences of the pandemic is that, as a society, we have been called on to reassess the expectations and rituals associated with death. With this in mind we thought a recent appeal decision (DCS Number 400-030-874) relating to a site in rural mid Wales was topical. 

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Making hay






As we all know, the GPDO has all manner of curious quirks. One of them, that it is unnecessary to be making a profit in order to benefit from Class 6 permitted development rights on agricultural land, is illustrated by a recent appeal decision (DCS Number 400-030-532).

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WFH






The usual reasons given by householders to justify proposals for enormous outbuildings include the accommodation of snooker tables, gym equipment and home cinemas. A recent appeal decision indicates that the list has now been extended to include home offices (DCS Number 400-030-497).

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Not certain






In considering an appeal against the refusal of outline planning permission for three dwellings in south Devon an inspector gave his attention to whether a Grampian condition could be imposed to overcome concern about the effect of the proposed access on highway safety (DCS Number 400-030-526).

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Not long now






A request that the the period of time for complying with an enforcement notice relating to an outbuilding at a Kent cottage should be extended to two years was refused by an inspector who took a more sanguine view about our economic recovery from the pandemic than the appellant (DCS Number 400-030-367).

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