DC Casebook: Listed Buildings - Tower management plan ruled excessive

A condition attached to a planning permission for alterations to Blackpool Tower requiring a management plan has been deleted after an inspector found that it is neither necessary nor reasonable.

Permission had been granted for alterations to the fifth level of the grade I listed tower to provide a new play area, stage and food court. The council had set the condition because it was concerned about the piecemeal nature of the works. However, it required a management plan for the whole tower within 12 months of the decision.

The inspector stated that conditions should be necessary to the works sought. The management plan would not be used to inform proposed works that the council found acceptable, she noted. She recognised its concern that unauthorised works had been carried out but argued that legislation is in place to deal with such issues. She also held that a management plan should not be used as an alternative to formal applications for future works.

Inspector: Zoe Hill; Written representations.

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