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Airbnb – a Planning minefield?

Posted on 08th January 2020 in Planning and Licensing

Airbnb has quickly become a global success and so it is no surprise that many businesses and individuals are using the platform to rent out their properties as short-term lets. You may even be considering letting your home or second property via Airbnb or another short-term letting platform to produce a second income.

Posted by

Kelly Burns

Solicitor

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Class Q Prior Approval Applications – are extensions of time allowed?

Posted on 13th August 2019 in Planning and Licensing

Can you agree to an extension of time in a Class Q (agricultural buildings to dwellinghouse) prior approval application?

Posted by

Kelly Burns

Solicitor

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What happens if you’re refused planning permission and how to challenge a decision

Posted on 06th March 2019 in Planning and Licensing

The planning process is a long and complicated one, which may not always produce the result the client desires. If a planning application isn’t filed correctly, or there are objections to the plan then it can be thwarted at the first hurdle. So, if your planning application has been refused, how can you challenge that decision, and what can you do to make the process easier?

Posted by

Kelly Burns

Solicitor

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Green Belt: openness is not what it appears

Posted on 08th September 2017 in Planning and Licensing

When considering applications for development in the green belt, local planning authorities are meant to ensure that substantial weight is given when considering potential harm to the green belt. Paragraph 79. of the National Planning Policy Framework states that one of the essential characteristics of green belts is their openness, and one of the key issues is the impact of any development on the openness of the green belt. The issue which the courts have grappled with frequently is the relevance of the visual impact of development on an assessment of openness. The issues are illustrated by a couple of recent decisions.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Court of Appeal clarifies extent of permitted development rights for agricultural buildings

Posted on 21st August 2017 in Planning and Licensing

The issue in the recent Court of Appeal case of Mansell v Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council [2017] EWCA Civ 1314 was whether a local planning authority was right to grant planning permission for the conversion of a large barn to residential use on the basis that this was preferable to the applicant carrying out development under permitted development rights.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Council seeks to overturn planning permission it issued in error

Posted on 12th July 2017 in Planning and Licensing

South Cambridgeshire District Council is seeking to overturn planning permission for residential development in the green belt issued in error. 

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Definition of “residential curtilage” clarified by High Court

Posted on 11th July 2017 in Planning and Licensing

The case involved a landowner who had been served with an enforcement notice for erecting a building on land which he claimed to be residential curtilage. 

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Appeals against Community Infrastructure Levy notices

Posted on 07th June 2017 in Planning and Licensing, Local Authorities

Where a local authority has adopted CIL, a developer who has assumed liability to pay the CIL charges must pay CIL prior to commencement of the development otherwise a penalty for late payment may be due.In a recent appeal to the Planning Inspectorate a developer who had failed to submit a Commencement Notice to the local authority argued that works of demolition to clear the site ready for development should not be considered as commencing the development requiring prior payment of CIL.

Posted by

Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor

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Absence of a 5 year land supply fails to tip balance in favour of development in the green belt

Posted on 14th July 2014 in Planning and Licensing, Local Authorities

In an appeal decision against a refusal by Waverley Borough Council a planning Inspector has refused permission for the development of land within the Green Belt despite the Council being unable to demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply.

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Amy Cater

Partner and Solicitor