Following the illegal extension to his property in Barking, without planning permission, a man has been fined £15,000.
Back in 2005, Laurence Hill applied for planning permission to build a first-floor rear extension to his property, which was refused by the council, and the Planning Inspectorate dismissed his subsequent appeal.
Despite this, 9 years later in 2014, planning enforcement officers discovered Hill had proceeded with the extension, and in February 2015, he was issued with an enforcement notice, stating the extension must be removed by June 2016.
For anyone involved in buying or selling a property, the risk of local development is important to understand. Property development can impact local infrastructure, the aesthetics of an area, views, traffic volume and of course, property value.
This impact isn’t always a negative, although we tend to be opposed to local development than for it! Disused buildings can quickly become eyesores and a magnet for anti-social behaviour. Developing these plots can have a hugely positive impact on an area, so understanding just what is planned and what has potential for planning in our neighbourhood is key.
Better the devil you know
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A 4% decline in planning applications between July and September 2019 has been seen compared to the same quarter in 2018, with District-level planning authorities receiving 106,500 applications.
Of these 106,500 applications, the statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show that 90,600 decisions were granted, which is around 88%, with 87% of the larger applications being decided within 13 weeks, or the agreed time
According to the release, paralleled to the same quarter in 2018, 2019 saw district councils grant: