I have been refused planning permission. What do I do?

31st January, 2020 by Acorus

Sometimes the nature of the proposal and site limitations, such as a building that can’t be moved or an acceptable access cannot be found, means there is nowhere to go.  In these cases, accepting the result and not wasting more time and money can be the right answer.

However, in some cases issues can be resolved and results achieved by winning small battles.

Even a lost Appeal decision can identify what is required to resolve issues and gain permission.

Acorus recently dealt with a case in Buckinghamshire following the refusal of two Class Q applications.  The client had undertaken repair work and improvements to the subject buildings.  Acorus advised a new application be submitted with added further detail to the proposal.  The Local Planning Authority (LPA) re-visited the case but the revised application was refused primarily based on the works undertaken.  This time the decision was Appealed but dismissed on a technicality to do with a previous unimplemented planning approval.  The issue was addressed and some additional factual information provided.  Planning permission was eventually granted via the LPA and a bigger and better scheme was achieved than what was originally envisaged.

In another Class Q case in Lincolnshire, success was gained at the second Appeal, where a report was supplied dealing with the initial refusal. 

Appeals can be particularly useful in looking at options, as Inspectors are very good at outlining the reasons behind decisions and can often give clues as to what changes can be made.  It can be very difficult for a LPA to refuse applications that appear to address an Inspectors concerns.

Therefore, it is well worth getting advice following adverse appeal decisions as well as refusals by LPAs to see what options are available.

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