The next developent management questions - can you help?

Q A property owner submits a lawful development certificate application for a large house in multiple occupation (HMO)....

To secure the certificate, he must be able to prove that the building has been in continuous HMO use for more than ten years. It appears that the building was vacant for about 12 months at some stage, although it was in multiple occupation for the remainder of the requisite time period. Would this break in time constitute "abandonment" that could justify refusal of the certificate? JM

Answer or comment online at planningresource.co.uk/dmanswers or by emailing casebook@haymarket.com by Friday 20 December

In 1995, a garage was approved at a property. The applicant secured a "free go" on the application fee, following refusal of an earlier similar application. Now, 24 years later, the same applicant has submitted an application for three dwellings on the same site. This application has been invalidated for non-payment of a fee. Has the planning authority acted correctly, given the difficulties in finding out whether a "free go" has previously been granted on sites? JE

Answer or comment online at planningresource.co.uk/dmanswers or by emailing casebook@haymarket.com by Friday 3 January


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