A restaurant building had been demolished after fire damage and planning permission had been granted in 2001 for a new building on the site. The inspector agreed with the council that the character of the site was now radically different because it was largely grassed over. In his view, the removal of the burnt-out building had taken away the main justification for the earlier approval. He held that the failure to replace the building promptly opened a new chapter in the site's history.
He pointed out that a further change arose from revised government advice on the renewal of time-expired consents set out in Circular 08/2005, which states that applications should be judged against current planning considerations. He held that this indicated a greater emphasis on the need to start development promptly, because changed circumstances might lead to different conclusions when determining planning applications.
DCS Number 100-050-409
Inspector Brendan Lyons; Written representations.