Posts By: dcplatest

Anytime soon

In Shakespeare’s day ‘presently’ only meant in the present, now. Over a few centuries the procrastinators amongst us have managed to stretch the meaning of the word such that it can also mean in the near future, soonish. Likewise, ‘immediately’ might not mean exactly the same thing to one person as it does to another. Against this background you can see the inspector’s problem with an enforcement notice which required the use of a site in Gloucestershire as a storage yard to cease ‘immediately’ (DCS Number 400-024-830). He declared the notice a nullity and without legal effect.

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A conflict situation

A judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal towards the end of last year confirmed that the variation of a condition under section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 must not result in conflict with the original description of development (Finney v Welsh Ministers [2019]).

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For its own sake

In determining an appeal relating to the siting of three mobile homes in rural Berkshire (DCS Number 400-024-202) an inspector has confirmed that, although we no longer seek to protect the countryside “for its own sake”, there are stretches which are worthy of protection from development even though they carry no designation.

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