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Retention of a mobile home allowed in the green belt

Mobile home green belt

Plainview Planning was instructed to seek an extension to a temporary planning permission for a mobile home that is located within the residential curtilage of a property in the Green Belt. The mobile home constituted ancillary accommodation for our client’s son, who required constant care.

Issues

The application had previously been refused by Castle Point Borough Council on the basis that the constant care required did not constitute an exceptional circumstance for such a building in the Green Belt.

Outcome

Plainview Planning successfully argued that the personal circumstances of our client’s son did in fact constitute an exceptional circumstance. We provided a detailed evidence base to put forward our case that included medical records, and precedents.

The appeal was at first dismissed, but following a High Court challenge (Reeder v SSCLG and Castle Point BC) the SSCLG consented to judgement. The Planning Inspectorate then reconsidered the evidence and subsequently allowed the retention of the mobile home.

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