Rural planning consultancy

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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Time limits for Class Q decisions

In a recent decision, published on 31 January this year, the High Court has taken a detailed look at the time limits that apply when a local planning authority (LPA) receives...

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Unintended consequences

“A recent case provides an important reminder of the significance of unintended consequences that can arise from the use by Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) of occupancy and other restrictive planning conditions”,...

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Planning enforcement

“Our caseload of instructions from clients who have received letters from Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) threatening to take enforcement action for breaches of planning conditions or unauthorised development has increased significantly...

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Government cash for protecting the Green Belt

The Housing Minister, Esther McVey MP, announced on 12 September 2019 that the Government has made nearly £2m available to local planing authorities to support a crackdown on illegal development with...

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Occupancy conditions

“We last discussed occupancy conditions in our article in February 2018 in which we considered the mechanism of obtaining a lawful development certificate (LDC) where a dwelling has been occupied in...

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