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Q The ground floor of a pub was converted to a supermarket in 2013. From 2013 until 2018, the upper floors were used for multiple occupation without permission. The owner has now applied to convert the upper floors to flats. The council is minded to refuse the application, which is contrary to its policies on safeguarding houses in multiple occupation. This use does not have permission, however, and n established use cannot be claimed. Is the upper floors’ lawful use as a pub or do they have a nil use? DC
Q A church plans to erect a wooden cross on its roof to aid identification. I consider this to be an advertisement as defined by the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, not operational development. Is this correct? If it is an advertisement, would it be assessed under class 2C of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisement) (England) Regulations 2007 for religious institutions? TM
Previous answers to development management queries
- Senior Planning Consultant DPA Architects Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
- Principal Regeneration Officer Bridgend County Borough Council Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)
- Principal Planning Officer South Kesteven District Council Grantham, Lincolnshire
- Planner Barratt Developments Northamptonshire
- Senior Transport Planner (Planning Policy) Royal Borough of Kingston Kingston Upon Thames (City/Town), London (Greater)