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Are Pre-Apps Pointless?

Are Pre-Apps Pointless?

Are Pre-Apps Pointless? Councils have been promoting their pre-application services in recent years because they can now charge for them and they are a valued source of income (planning application fees are otherwise set nationally and only cover an estimated 50% of the cost of running a

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What to do then your permitted development rights have been removed by condition

What to do then your permitted development rights have been removed by condition

What to do then your permitted development rights have been removed by condition How can a planning condition remove your permitted development rights? When planning permission was first granted to build your house, the council may have imposed a planning condition removing your permitted development rights, so

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The London boroughs of Hillingdon, Greenwich & Richmond feature highly in our recent planning appeal successes…

The London boroughs of Hillingdon, Greenwich & Richmond feature highly in our recent planning appeal successes...

The London boroughs of Hillingdon, Greenwich & Richmond feature highly in our recent planning appeal successes… We have had a number of appeal successes in June and July (see our recent successes page for a sample), and 3 London boroughs in particular have appeared several times. Top

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Is it the end of the line for office-to-resi conversions?

Is it the end of the line for office-to-resi conversions?

Is it the end of the line for office-to-resi permitted development rights? Developers should be aware that the writing appears to be on the wall for office-to-resi permitted development (PD) rights. They should be careful when committing to new projects, especially those with a time lag. By

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Planners targeting Airbnb landlords with Enforcement Notices

Planners targeting Airbnb landlords with Enforcement Notices

Planners targeting Airbnb landlords with Enforcement Notices A record number of people visiting the UK are taking advantage of cheap and flexible Airbnb rentals, as the short-lets website continues its explosive growth. However, the site’s success is creating a backlash as neighbours complain about noise and disturbance,

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Recent planning appeal successes for first floor extensions to bungalows

Recent planning appeal successes for first floor extensions to bungalows

Recent planning appeal successes for first floor extensions to bungalows Adding a second floor to a bungalow is a great way to add extra space, often doubling the floor area without increasing the footprint. Planning permission is required for a full second storey, but not necessarily for

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Do I need planning permission to use a study as a second bedroom?

Do I need planning permission to use a study as a second bedroom?

Do I need planning permission to use a study as a second bedroom? Surely one does not need planning permission for a second bedroom? We were recently asked to provide advice to a client who had bought a flat that had been developed as a one bedroom,

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Permitted development rights are set to expire. Is it OK to start my extension?

Permitted development rights are set to expire. Is it OK to start my extension?

In today’s Sunday Times, we respond to a reader’s question regarding the May 30 2019 deadline to prior approval rights for larger home extensions (extensions with a depth of 6m/8m). The link to the full article is here and the article is pasted below: Q I have

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In the last 2 weeks, we won planning appeals in Rochford, Trafford, Uxbridge, Ilford, Blackburn, Sunbury & Thanet

In the last 2 weeks, we won planning appeals in Rochford, Trafford, Uxbridge, Ilford, Blackburn, Sunbury & Thanet

In the last week of March and the first week of April we won 7 planning appeals in locations all around England. It is a very gratifying result and we would like to congratulate all of our successful clients. The details of out appeal successes are as

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Our recent planning appeal successes against Hillingdon Council

Our recent planning appeal successes against Hillingdon Council

Our recent planning appeal successes against Hillingdon Council We specialise in planning appeals and submit appeals all over England and Wales, but the London Borough of Hillingdon has been a particularly busy council for us in 2018 and 2019. Hillingdon has made some particularly harsh decisions on

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