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Inside information

In allowing an appeal against the refusal of prior approval for conversion of a light industrial unit in west London to eight flats an inspector has determined that “gross floor area” in Class PA of the GPDO does include internal areas such as staircases but does not include external walls (DCS Number 400-024-102).

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Bah humbug

The cold within a planning inspector “froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice” as the old Scrooge dismissed a recent appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a Christmas market in York (DCS Number 400-024-155).

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Oh no it isn’t!

Well, we are approaching pantomime season.

An appeal against refusal of a lawful development certificate for a loft conversion with dormer windows at a house in south London has been dismissed, the inspector finding that, despite the appellant’s belief that he lived in a detached house, permitted development limits relating to a terrace house applied (DCS Number 400-024-188).

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Cross it off the list

No doubt it is invariably with the best of intentions that planning authorities attach planning conditions to planning permissions, but they do not always pass the scrutiny of planning inspectors. Going by a recent appeal case (DCS Number 400-024-078), the type which requires the retention of specified materials might be one to cross off the standard conditions list, and at the very least merits careful consideration before use.

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First principles

The first and foremost principle with regard to the care of a listed building must be to not damage it. The second might be to not attach unnecessary accretions. With this in mind we are pleased to report that an inspector has refused to issue a certificate of lawfulness for the attachment of a plaque bearing the words “An English listed building” and a rose motif to a grade II listed farmhouse in Kent (DCS Number 400-023-929).

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