Planning Consultancy

National Planning Policy

“Although the starting point for considering whether any proposed development or change of use is compliant with planning policy is the Local Planning Authority’s (LPA’s) adopted local plan (or the relevant...

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Class Q Consent for Commercial Glasshouse

“A recent appeal case that allowed the conversion of a commercial glasshouse at Nailsbourne, near Taunton, as Class Q permitted development has raised some interesting issues”, says Isabella Pyne of Acorn...

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Description of Development

“When a planning application is made, there is a requirement to describe details of the proposed development. This is an important step as it feeds through to the Local Planning Authority’s...

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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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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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