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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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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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New Dwellings in National Parks

“Of all locations in England and Wales, National Parks have the highest level of protection against new development. In the case of new dwellings, that is reflected in the National Planning...

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Class Q refusals

“Possibly because we have a reputation for finding solutions and resolving problems, we have had several enquiries recently from applicants who have had their applications for prior approval for Class Q...

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Class Q or not Class Q

“It is evident from recent instructions that there is still a considerable lack of understanding about the work that can and can not be done under the Class Q permitted development...

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