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Planning

Please see the section contents on the left to find the topic that is of interest to you.

A very useful website dealing with planning is the Planning Portal, which is the “UK Government’s Online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.”

For a helpful website dealing with planning and enforcement appeals procedure go to The Planning Inspectorate site.

In relation to Permitted Development the principal Order is the The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, which is amended from time to time. Details of amendments can be found on the Planning Portal, which is the “UK Government’s Online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.” However, it is necessary to be careful as it is not always fully up to date.

A number of local planning authorities also have useful summaries of the current position in relation to permitted development. For example, see the site of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Development plans

Interpretation Plans to be determined objectively Tesco Stores Limited v Dundee City Council [2012] UKSC 13 Summary The meaning to be given to the key wording in a development is not a matter that can be left to the judgment of the planning authority. Nor is the...

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Change of use

Intensification of use Breaches of planning control Hertfordshire County Council v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2012] EWCA 1473 Summary Intensification of use is capable of constituting a material change of use. However, that was not the...

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Children

This page contains two cases, one on the grant of planning permission and the other on enforcement, which demonstrate that the interests of children must be given "primary consideration" when making decisions. Planning permission Article 8 and the best interests of...

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Party walls

There are two pages to this section of the site. The first contains an article on party walls - introducing all the basic concepts - A Beginner's Guide to Party Walls. The second page contains some case law on party wall matters. For more information go to:...

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