Property management

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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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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Further extension of moratorium on possession claims

With effect from 22 August, the temporary rule that suspends all evictions and possession claims against residential and commercial tenants and mortgagors has been extended until 20th September 2020. The moratorium...

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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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Temporary takeaway use for pubs and cafes

“On 24 March 2020 a new class of permitted development (Class DA) came into force that allows what are described as restaurants and cafes, drinking establishments and drinking establishments with expanded...

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