If you want to be certain that the existing use of a building is lawful for planning purposes or that your proposal does not require planning permission, you can apply for a ‘Lawful Development Certificate’ (LDC).
It is not compulsory to have an LDC but there may be times when you need one to confirm that the use, operation or activity named in it is lawful for planning control purposes.
Yew Tree Associates can assist with an application for a Lawful Development Certificate. The application must provide sufficient information for the council to decide the application or else it may be refused.
Often the issues involved in LDCs are complex and if you decide you need to apply for a certificate you might benefit by obtaining professional advice. Yew Tree Associates will tell you about the sort of information needed to support your application.
If your application is partly or wholly refused or is granted differently from what you asked for, or is not determined within the time limit of eight weeks, you can appeal. Appeals are made to the Planning Inspectorate and again, Yew Tree Associates can assist.
If you would like to discuss how we can help you with land and town planning and development advice contact us and we would be delighted to assist.