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The year ahead could see more high street closures as retail businesses continue to struggle. Our team consider how retailers can use the planning system to help stave off economic gloom. The challenge for the high street The problem facing … Continued

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We recently helped our client establish the lawful use of 3 Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), after they found themselves subject to an enforcement investigation due to an Article 4 Direction. Article 4 Directions and changes of use? An Article … Continued

Our compilation of a robust evidence base under restrictive time constraints has secured the future of 4 residential flats in London. Background: Following a visit by a planning officer and the receipt of a letter advising that they were in … Continued

Our recent approval for a Certificate of Lawfulness for an existing residential dwelling, has secured residential use on a site in East Grinstead. The site has a complex history, and is part of a much wider scheme which will involve … Continued

We recently assisted a client with a Certificate of Lawfulness (CoL) application, to secure the use of a property in Barking as 4 x 1-bed flats.   The site had previously been converted into flats without planning permission. All four … Continued

We recently assisted a client by securing a Certificate of Lawfulness (CoL) for an existing use. The CoL sought to confirm that the lower ground floor of a house had been used continuously as a self-contained flat in excess of … Continued

Plainview Planning recently stepped in at the last minute to assist an appellant who was out of their depth. The appellant had submitted an appeal following a refusal of a Certificate of Lawfulness for 3 flats in Hackney. The basis of the appellant’s … Continued

Plainview Planning have this week secured a Certificate of Lawfulness for a high-end audio company in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, enabling them to avoid enforcement action. The challenge: Our client ran a successful online audio business.  Whilst a central warehouse dealt with … Continued

This week Plainview Planning has obtained approval for the conversion of a building into 10 residential flats, in the London Borough of Harrow. The challenge: The flats had been converted without planning permission a number of years previously. However, unauthorised … Continued

Plainview Planning have recently helped a homeowner obtain a Certificate of Lawfulness application approval for a single dwelling in Hounslow, London. The planning problem: Our planning consultants were approached to assist as the dwelling, an outbuilding on a residential site, … Continued