Unaware of flats not having permitted development rights, work on a ground floor extension had progressed to the point where the Enforcement Officer was alerted to the case and we were called in! Summer holidays, out of the country or not, our Associate Planner and Part II Architect prepared the submission with efficiency and speed.
And thanks to BHCC who determined this case well ahead of the statutory 8-week time-frame, allowing the owner and family to enjoy their extended home and beautifully extended kitchen with relief.
Enforcement case closed!
Closing statements were issued by both the Appellants and the LPA and the Public Inquiry is now closed. It will be interesting to see how the outcome of this case given that Further Environmental Information (FEI) was required as a result of the approval of the Rampion Off-Shore Wind Farm. It will now be for the Inspector to issue her decision on the 3 turbine case, unless Eric Pickles MP decides to call this one in under recovery procedures. Only time will tell!
Murphy Associates acted as the Expert Planning Witness with Philip Russell-Vick of Enplan acting as the Expert Landscape Witness with Scott Lyness of Landmark Chambers as Barrister.
An unfortunate error in a decision notice when first approved meant the new owners had to re-apply for the same 'approved' LDC in order to ensure the correct description was provided. However, the LPA concerned accepted the error and agreed that no fee was payable and fast-tracked the LDC through to determination. Now the City can benefit from 12 more improved self-contained units of accommodation!