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Lifestyle choices






An inspector has granted a lawful development certificate for an outbuilding at a house in west London, having overruled the council on the meaning of ‘required’ (DCS Number 400-023-260).

The inspector recorded that the council had refused the application because it considered the operations would not be permitted by Class E of Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the GPDO. Class E, he explained, permits the provision within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse of any building required for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse as such, subject to the detailed limitations set out in E.1. The council had reached its conclusion because the “overall size and scale and intended use” of the outbuilding was “not considered to represent a development for a purpose incidental to the enjoyment of the dwellinghouse”.

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Through the looking-glass






Looking at a development proposal through the prism of an appellant’s reasoning can often be enlightening, sometimes entertaining, and sometimes even alarming. See what you make of the following appeal case which concerned the redevelopment of a commercial garage in central London with a block of 23 flats (DCS Number 200-008-756).

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Flour power






Frequently, the best way to ensure the preservation of a heritage building is to use it, and more often than not the use for which it was designed will be the most suitable. In this regard a recent appeal in Sussex where the functioning of a working windmill was a matter of concern is an interesting case.

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Latin is a language….






“Latin is a language, dead as dead can be,

First it killed the Romans, and now it’s killing me.”

Despite the claims of this little rhyme, found scrawled in many a Latin textbook, Latin lives on in modern English, as we all know. Bear in mind that the Latin for maidservant is ‘ancilla’ when reading the following and it will help you to remember the distinction between ‘ancillary’ and ‘incidental’, made by the second inspector.

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Deeds, not words






A statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in Parliament Square near to the Houses of Parliament has been rejected at appeal, the inspector finding no exceptionally good reason to locate the statue in an area identified in a supplementary planning document as a monument saturation zone (DCS Number 400-023-176).

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About the size of it






From time to time there is debate about the size of a planning unit so we thought it might be useful to report a recent appeal case in which the subject was addressed (DCS Number 400-022-610). In this case the inspector ruled that an enforcement notice which required the cessation of motocross activities at a former quarry in south Yorkshire was not defective, despite the appellant’s claim that the planning unit was not identified correctly.

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Ignorance of the law






Since when has it been the appellant’s responsibility to educate a planning inspector about planning law?!

In Open all hours? we reported an appeal case in which the inspector cited the relevant planning legislation concerning electronic communications (DCS Number 400-016-112). He recorded that “Paragraph 2(7) of Schedule 1 to the Town and Country Planning  (Electronic Communications) (England) Order 2003 and Article 2(9) of the GPDO are clear”….”that communications received outside of normal business hours shall be taken to have been received the next working day. Furthermore, section 336(4A) of the 1990 Act indicates that an electronic communication, used for the purposes of giving a notice, shall be taken to have been received the following day if received outside of that person’s business hours.”

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