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Planning law and regulations - help!

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Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 12 June, 2006 - 02:02 pm:   

We've had mixed experience with LB Lewisham over planning. At times they are happy to consult and engage with us and come up with what appear to be correct decisions. At other times exactly the opposite. We are not against developement but feel they should be appropriate and fit in with the area rather than a competition who can have the largest extension (no pun intended).

Our issues are:

- Lack of consultation eg letters sent only to immediate neighbours
- Yellow development notices not being displayed
- Inconsistent decisions
- Projects not meeting LBL's own guidance(pretty sensible) nor the spirit of these.

Not clear how compulsory all of this is. But considering a formal complaint. Thanks to Phillip P for advice given already. Other advice (apart from "Stop whinging") appreciated
Joined 29-10-2005
Posted on Monday, 12 June, 2006 - 03:31 pm:   

The planning application should be on the Lewisham website and show when and to whom consultation letters were sent.

The council have in some cases claimed they sent out letters, but which were not recieved. Also claimed there had been no objections, when there had. And stating they'll update objectors and haven't.

Have you looked on the planning website to see if the council state they wrote to you?
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Monday, 12 June, 2006 - 04:05 pm:   

More matters for the FH Society!
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 12 June, 2006 - 09:35 pm:   

The other trick for an applicant is to leave the old yellow planning notice up and hope you don't notice when they put a new one up!
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Thursday, 22 June, 2006 - 10:53 pm:   

It get's worse. Anyone with any legal knowlege? Can projects be stopped once (in my opinion inappropriate) planning permission has been granted. Can people extend to the side, back and roof essentially doubling the size of the property and being totally out of keeping with the rest of the area.

Lewisham have stated on several occasions that it is tough and they have no complaints procedure. Ball warks. Jim D and the Local Authority Ombudsman next. This is not simply a case of NIMBYism
Joined 24-03-2004
Posted on Friday, 23 June, 2006 - 09:47 am:   

There is an enforcement officer (or team??) - write and complain about the breach. Copy in the councillors / Jim.
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 23 June, 2006 - 10:17 am:   

There is a house near me where the owner seems to have built a concrete "shed" in the garden that looks like a holiday home! he has also added so much to his original house that it has probably doubled in size!
It seems anything goes!
Joined 16-07-2004
Posted on Friday, 23 June, 2006 - 11:06 am:   

HTG - I think Baggy's problem is that infortunately there has not been a breach as planning permission has been granted - the problem is that perhaps planning permission should not have been granted.

As to how you appeal permission granted, I'm afraid I don't know. I know that there are limits to how big an extension can be in relation to the size of the existing house but can't remember what the limits are - sorry!
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 23 June, 2006 - 11:33 am:   

I suggest that you check that the development complies with the permission actually granted.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 23 June, 2006 - 01:53 pm:   

Even if planning permission is granted, there is always the judicial review process which can challenge the permission but only on certain grounds, such as if the Council have not consulted properly,etc. I believe this has to be filed within three months of the formal consent.
Its very expensive to do this.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Friday, 23 June, 2006 - 10:17 pm:   

Ah catch 22, did not know there was consent until the building was started and that was well after 3 months. But JR, now there's speaking the right sort of language. I making informal enquiries with solicitors but haven't quite given up, well not yet

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