Planning Consultancy

Not so permitted development rights

“From time to time, cases come across our desks that remind us that carrying out development under permitted development rights is not without risk.  We have had a recent instruction that...

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Is a holiday let a dwelling?

“The recent press reports of the surge in the number of houses registered as holiday lets have led to calls for planning restrictions to prevent houses in holiday hot spots from...

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Breach of occupancy conditions

“We last discussed the breach of occupancy conditions in January 2018 but a recent instruction provides a useful reminder of some of the key issues”, says Brian Dinnis of Acorn Rural...

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What is a view worth?

“We have had several instructions recently where clients have been looking to discharge or modify a restrictive covenant that affects their property. A recent decision of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber)...

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Biodiversity Net Gain

“Most of our clients will be aware that Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) is on the agenda but have not yet started to think about if and how it may impact them”,...

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A SILVER LINING?

“From time to time we come across some less well known provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA)”, says Mark Sanders of Acorn Rural Property Consultants. “One of...

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Section 106 Agreements

“We continue to be busy on behalf of clients who are seeking to modify or remove Section 106 planning agreements”, says Mark Sanders of Acorn Rural Property Consultants. “Many planning agreements...

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Discontinuance Orders

Section 102 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (the Act) gives Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) the power to require the discontinuance of any particular use of land or buildings,...

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The four-year rule and new dwellings

“We often get asked when development or a change of use that has been carried out without obtaining planning consent becomes immune from enforcement,” says Brian Dinnis of Acorn Rural Property...

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Maintenance and improvement

“A recent appeal against the refusal by Cornwall Council of an application under Class Q to convert an agricultural building to a dwelling has highlighted some of the potential consequences of...

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