Precedent creation Q & A DCP Section 4.18

This section is concerned with establishing how far it is material to the determination of a planning application that a precedent might be set for the grant of further developments, which may cumulatively erode planning principles or policies. The precedent effect of planning permissions already granted is considered separately at (6.35) and (6.36), and the precedent of existing uses at (4.14).

Q & A    4.18/10

I am curious as to the weight that can be given to the use of "precedent" as a reason for refusal, given the normal assumption that each application is assessed on its merits.

Precedent is a proper and material consideration where it is likely that similar future proposals in closely parallel situations could not be resisted and cumulative harm to planning principles or policies would result. However, the force of the "precedent" argument is reduced where the planning circumstances are unlikely to be replicated, or where policies exist within the discipline of which there is room for treating each proposal on its merits in the light of the situation prevailing at the time.

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