User guide: DCP Numerical index, appeal case sourcing and court case referencing

Please find some background on the DCP Numerical index system, appeal case sourcing and court case referencing

Numerical index system

Development Control Practice is indexed on a hierarchy of section and sub-section numbers and not on page numbers. There is extensive cross referencing within the text to other sections and sub-sections and the appropriate number is always given within brackets. The only function of the print page numbering system is to facilitate the identification of pages for the replacement and update of the material. A conventional index, is located at the end of the manual (chapter 37).

Appeal case sources and referencing

All appeal cases referred to in the text are in brackets, and references are limited to the local authority involved, the date of the decision and the unique case DCS Number. Use of this information will be sufficient to identify the case using the publisher's COMPASS online planning appeals service. Readers wishing to cite appeal cases found in the book are recommended to obtain the original decision letters using COMPASS (Tel: 01452 835820 or go to

The criteria for the selection of these cases are topicality and relevance to a typical or important point of law or practice. Some of the case examples are expanded where illustrations and plans are available, and are normally drawn only from those determined later than 1982. At no point in the book is the name of the inspector or reporter given in relation to appeal reports.

Within some topic sub-sections, under the heading Appeal record, is a brief summary of the relevant percentage of cases allowed or dismissed, the data for which is also derived from COMPASS records dating from the end of 1982. This system is however largely confined to inquiry and hearing cases, and statistics are presented on this basis and do not embody the many decisions made as the result of written representations. A brief analysis of decisions following applications for an award of costs may be given under this heading.

Although Development Control Practice is primarily concerned with the operation of development control in England and Wales based on the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Scottish practice in the form of Scottish Government appeal decisions is extensively drawn on. Cases from Northern Ireland are not included.

Court case referencing

Court judgments mentioned in the text are printed in italic and refer in the first instance to the parties and then the date of the hearing. Transcripts of these case are usually obtainable from DCS Ltd (Tel: 01452 835820): An alphabetical index to all court cases cited within this manual is to be found at (36).

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