ask us a question on permitted development           Permitted Development England
How to build a home extension  without Planning Permission using your PD rights - Oct. 1st 2008



Home Page About Us FAQ Advertise on this site Disclaimer Privacy Contact Us Site Map

Dirty trick No. 1:- The Public Access System.

In the early days of Certificates of Lawful Development I was told by various planners that this process was completely private and confidential between the applicant and the council wit no external third party consultations. I believe that this should still be the process to this day. The PD proposal is either legal or it is not - what extra rights does informing the neighbours have?

Most Councils (not all) will treat a C of LD exactly as they would do for a formal Planning application. I have given various excuses for this such as ‘its simply to slot it into our standard admin. and processing systems’ or ‘we need to have external opinions just in case the applicant is lying as we have a duty to establish the facts’. This is a complete falsehood in my opinion and I suspect that some form of data protection or human rights act is being broken somewhere down the line and I would love to know of some other applicants views or experiences on this issue.

Suggestion:- Ensure that you have a covering letter with your C of LD application formally requesting that the application is kept out of the public consultation process and that this is your legal right under the data protection act and the human rights act. There is no legal requirement upon the Council to externally consult for certificate of lawful development application.

 Council dirty tricks