Decisions

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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Development not unlawful despite lack of soundproofing details

A lawful development certificate has been granted for a mixed-use development in southeast London comprising commercial units at ground floor with maisonettes above, the inspector determining that the works, started in 2013, were lawful and the permission still implementable.

Redevelopment of Victorian industrial buildings refused on design grounds

The demolition of three former Victorian light industrial buildings in a mixed-use area of east London, and their replacement with a four-storey building comprising offices with nine apartments above, was refused for harm to the appearance and character of the area caused by the demolition of the non-designated heritage buildings and the scale and design of the replacement scheme.

Lorry concerns at employment site unjustified

An employment site was approved in outline at agricultural land in an east Devon settlement, with the social, economic and environmental benefits outweighing the harm to highway safety from increased traffic movements.

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Development Management Answers: Restaurant duct query

A restaurant has been established as a temporary flexible use under class D, part 4, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) 2015 and a fume extractor duct provided...

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Legal Viewpoint: Keeping track of conditions on updated permissions

Legal Viewpoint: Keeping track of conditions on updated permissions

The relationship between planning conditions and applications to vary earlier permissions via section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 has long been debated in the courts. A Supreme Court decision last month on a case from south London held that the omission of an extant planning condition from a section 73 consent does not automatically mean that it no longer binds the development.

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