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Expert Advice: Planning Permission for Side Returns, Know the Rules!

 Expert Advice: Planning Permission for Side Returns, Know the Rules!

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Expert advice on planning permission for side returns by Sure Planning Permission’s Director Steve McStea

It is mind boggling the way councils around London try to refuse application for side returns by twisting the written words of the guidelines to suit them.  Recently we have been working on several applications which were virtually the same and the their respective councils varied hugely in their views as to what would be acceptable.  One even suggested that the 45′ Rule did not rely on light being restricted from the neighbour’s window or door.  To be clear, if the neighbours window is already in shade then the 45′ rule cannot be used to refuse an application.

I cannot stress enough to clients how important it is to know the rules that apply, find examples of similar applications that have been similar and to talk to the council so they understand that should they reject it you will appeal.

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