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Loss of retail to combined retail and cafe use in Piccadilly will not set precedent

A sui generis bakery/cafe use from a travel agents in the busy west end of London was allowed, and the enforcement notice requiring its removal quashed, despite being considered contrary to the development plan.

Security concerns outweigh harm to character of London conservation area

An enforcement notice to remove a metal gate and fanlight bars was quashed at a west London dwelling in a conservation area with the security concerns of the appellant outweighing the acknowledged harm to the character of the conservation area.

Overly detailed prior approval condition unreasonable in low risk flood zone

A detailed condition relating to flood risk reduction attached to a prior approval from an agriculture building to two dwellings in Lincolnshire was held unreasonable, unnecessary and imprecise in parts and subsequently varied.

Legal Viewpoint

Legal Viewpoint: Ruling clarifies position on amalgamation of dwellings

The amalgamation of two or more housing units remains the subject of heated debate. Under section 55 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, a material change of use constituting development occurs where one unit is divided into two or more, but the law is silent on the position where multiple dwellings are converted into a single one.

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