An inspector has declined to issue a certificate of lawfulness for the use of a vacant shop in north London as a nail bar, ruling that it would entail a material change of use requiring planning permission (DCS Number 400-020-587).
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Lest readers conclude that the DCP Blog’s new year resolution to be cheerfully optimistic about the future of town planning in a difficult political context didn’t last five minutes, we ought to make clear that this Blog is about an actual road to nowhere. In a recent appeal case the creation of an access road to a potential housing site in Bedfordshire was granted planning permission despite the council’s objection on the grounds of prematurity (DCS Number 400-020-519).
Taken from a recent appeal decision involving the erection of 102 dwellings on two fields in Surrey (DCS Number 200-008-115):
‘Time depth’, as referred to by the Council, can derive from intactness and continuity of a landscape….
Pointing out that demolition constitutes development, an inspector has issued a certificate of lawfulness confirming the implementation of a scheme for the redevelopment of a pub in Shropshire with seven houses, notwithstanding the council’s argument that a lawful start had not taken place due to non-compliance with a condition precedent (DCS Number 400-020-173).
A Hampshire resident’s argument that his 2m high perimeter fence was permitted development due to the existence of a hedge between the fence and the highway has been kicked to the kerb by an inspector (DCS Number 400-020-431).
Perhaps one of the most notable changes which has occurred in society in modern times is the erosion of class divisions, and a recent appeal case offers some insight into how our environment has been deployed to drive this change (DCS Number 200-008-064).
“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there”, wrote L P Hartley.
At this time of year it is not uncommon to become a bit reflective, musing on all the changes, good and bad, that have occurred over the previous twelve months. Looking back much further than a year, it seems that things were done significantly differently in planning from how they are done now. See whether you think the change is for the better or the worse.
Obscure glazing is not generally considered a suitable method of mitigating unacceptable levels of privacy in habitable rooms due to the impact on outlook. An alternative method, described in an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for nine houses in north London (DCS Number 200-008-048) might be worth a look on a constrained site.
An inspector dealing with an appeal against the refusal of a lawful development certificate for a dormer extension at a house in east London has ruled that firewall upstands are not part of the roof (DCS Number 400-020-327).
In an appeal against an enforcement notice directed at the residential use of a stable block in County Durham (DCS Number 400-020-325) an inspector found no difficulty in identifying the meaning of ‘residential paraphernalia’.