The next development management questions - can you help?

Is there any definition under planning legislation of what constitutes a "habitable room"? ...

... The term is frequently used in planning policies and other planning documents. I understand that there is a definition under the building regulations. NT

Answer or comment online at or by emailing by Friday 8 November

Q A developer has submitted an application requesting discharge of several planning conditions. The local planning authority has failed to respond after 12 weeks and the developer has demanded an application fee refund. If the authority and developer had agreed an extension to the time to respond, would this have avoided the requirement for the authority to refund the planning fee? TM

Answer or comment online at or by emailing by Friday 15 November

Q Under part 12 schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 as amended, local authorities have permitted development rights to carry out certain minor works on their own land in pursuance of their statutory functions. If a council wishes to erect a fence four metres high, could this be done under the height criteria set down in part 12? Or would it need permission under part 2, since the fence would exceed the height limits of two metres generally or one metre adjacent to a highway used by vehicular traffic set down in that part? MW

Answer or comment online at or by emailing by Friday 22 November

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