Permitted development restrictions removed at green belt house

An inspector has determined that two conditions which had been imposed on a planning permission for a new dwelling in the Middlesex green belt should be removed thereby allowing the appellant to exercise his permitted development rights.

The first condition prevented any extensions to the dwelling whilst the second restricted the construction of buildings or structures within its curtilage. The site lay within the green belt and the council had highlighted the scale of potential development should the conditions be removed. But the inspector placed weight on the absence of any government policies which sought to restrict permitted development rights at houses in green belt locations. Whilst an individual might wish to cover 50 per cent of their curtilage with built development this was unlikely to occur in reality and in the light of the government’s growth agenda there were no exceptional circumstances justifying their continued removal at the appeal site. Such blanket restrictions should not be condoned, he decided, unless the council could prove that they were reasonable and necessary.

Inspector: C Tivey; Written representations

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