Approved: certificate confirming the lawful commencement of two houses in Poole

Borough of Poole: Darryl Howells of Pure Town Planning has secured a Certificate of Lawfulness of a Existing Use or Development (CLEUD) to confirm that a planning permission for 2 houses was commenced prior to the expiry date of the permission, despite planning conditions being outstanding. Under Section 191 of […]

Won on appeal: change of use of former council offices to 56 flats in Weymouth

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council: Pure Town Planning has won an appeal to convert the Former North Quay Council Offices into 56 self-contained flats. The application utilised permitted development rights that allow offices (B1(a) use) to be converted to residential (C3 use) use subject to compliance with the relevant restrictions. […]

Brownfield land register legislation comes into force in England

England: Following various government consultations in early 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government have announced that they are pressing ahead with legislation to create brownfield registers and introduce new planning powers that will allow Local Planning Authorities to grant permission in principle. With effect from 16th April 2017 the […]

Won on Appeal: new dwelling granted near Wimborne following administrative error

East Dorset District Council: Pure Town Planning are pleased to have announce that we have won an appeal against East Dorset District Council for AJ Developments resulting in planning permission being granted for the erection of a new dwelling near Wimborne. The appeal was particularly interesting as it related to a […]

Government’s Planning Practice Guidance updated with 10-unit affordable housing threshold

England: Following their success in the Court of Appeal as we reported last week, the Government has returned the national 10-unit affordable housing threshold to its Planning Practice Guidance making it clear to Council’s that this is once again adopted Government policy which they must take into account in making […]

Court of Appeal OVERTURNS West Berks and Reading judgement – 10-unit affordable threshold is back

England: The Court of Appeal has just handed down judgement in the Governments’s appeal against the West Berkshire and Reading judicial review judgement of 31 July 2015 (see our post here). The appeal has been allowed which reverses the original judgement thus effectively reinstating the Government’s policies which were originally introduced […]

Office to residential permitted development rights confirmed as permanent

England: After much speculation, permitted development rights to allow the conversion of offices (Use Class B1(a)) to residential (Use Class C3) have been made permanent by the Government with effect from 6 April 2016. Temporary permitted development rights allowing the conversion of office buildings were first introduced by coalition Government in 2013 […]

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