Posts By: dcplatest

On the nail






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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On a road to nowhere






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).

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Demolishing the opposition






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).

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The past is a foreign country






“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.

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Join the dots






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.

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