Summaries of key development management decisions, including appeals, ombudsman reports, court judgements and Secretary of State decisions. Cases are selected and summarised by the COMPASS team. COMPASS is a fully indexed and searchable database of planning decisions.

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Agricultural tie lifted in national park

An inspector sanctioned removal of an agricultural occupancy condition restricting use of a house in a Derbyshire national park after finding it failed three of the six tests for planning conditions contained in the NPPF.

Condition restricting use class judged to fail tests

In the opinion of an inspector, a West Midlands city council failed to justify its refusal to remove a condition specifying that permitted offices should be used for purposes of class B1(a) of the UCO only.

Advert judged to improve amenity

A large illuminated advertisement and shroud over a tall landmark building adjacent a west London motorway was given consent after an inspector decided the advert funded a shroud to conceal an eyesore.

Development Management Discussion Forum

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Development Management Answers - Habitable room definition?

Q The term "habitable room" is frequently used in planning policies and other planning documents. Is there any definition under planning legislation of what constitutes a habitable room? I understand that there is a definition under the building regulations. NT

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Legal Viewpoint: How infrastructure levy can bite on relatively modest developments

Legal Viewpoint: How infrastructure levy can bite on relatively modest developments

The Court of Appeal has considered some of the nuts and bolts of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime for the first time. The facts illustrate the potential jeopardy faced by developers from provisions that are complex and, at their core, still open to varying interpretations.

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