Planning Consultancy

Implementation of planning consents

“Two contrasting approaches from different Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) have caused us recently to consider what works are required to implement a planning consent”, says Mark Sanders of Acorn Rural Property...

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Pre-commencement conditions

“We have had several cases recently involving non-compliance with pre-commencement conditions in a planning consent”, says Brian Dinnis of Acorn Rural Property Consultants. “Conditions attached to planning consents fall into three...

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Removal of holiday use restrictions

“Possibly because of the increasing impact of the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions on the rural economy, we have had a number of enquiries recently from owners of holiday accommodation who wish to...

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Class Q development

“Refusals of applications under the Class Q permitted development right that allows the change of use of some agricultural buildings to residential use often cite the case of Hibbitt v. SSCLG...

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Extension of planning permissions

The provisions in the Business and Planning Act 2020 that extend the duration of some planning permissions come into effect on 19 August 2020. Under the Act, which applies to planning...

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What is a dwelling?

“Until 23 April 2020, we thought we knew the answer to what appears to be this simple question,” says Brian Dinnis of Acorn Rural Property Consultants. “For some of our clients,...

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Class Q time limits and deemed approvals

“In our March article, we discussed the High Court case that confirmed that, in common with all other types of planning applications, the 56 day period for permitted development rights (PDRs)...

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