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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Loss of green spaciousness scuppers much needed housing

An inspector rejected an outline proposal to replace four houses with six houses and 27 flats in a spacious suburb of a Surrey town, finding the development cramped and poorly related to its surroundings.

Part 7 rights denied as no evidence of active industrial use

An inspector upheld a Surrey council’s refusal to grant a certificate of lawfulness for resurfacing works at a decommissioned water treatment works.

Water storage use denied at former water works

An inspector upheld a London borough council’s refusal to grant a certificate of lawfulness for Class B8 water storage use of a decommissioned sui generis water treatment works.

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Development management answers: does guest house use need permission?

Q A house is being used as a guest house for a few weeks during each summer. Would this automatically require planning permission, or is it not that straightforward? DM

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Legal Viewpoint: Take notice of strict rules on levy liability timescales

Legal Viewpoint: Take notice of strict rules on levy liability timescales

A recent High Court decision on a case from Hertfordshire is a reminder to both developers and local planning authorities that following the precise letter of the law is paramount when it comes to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

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