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Appeal Decision 175 - Certificate of Lawful Development.

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December 2010 - Code a00175


Summary of Case (appeal dismissed): 


The property is a detached bungalow, with its front elevation facing south-east towards a public footpath. The application was for a proposed single storey front extension. 


The key issue was whether the proposed extension would be contrary to Class A, part A.1(d), which states that “Development is not permitted by Class A if … the enlarged part of the dwellinghouse would extend beyond a wall which— (i) fronts a highway, and (ii) forms either the principal elevation or a side elevation of the original 



The Inspector stated the following: 


“A “highway” is not defined in the Town and Country Planning legislation. However, in accordance with common usage, it includes not only a made-up road but any way over which members of the public have the right to pass and repass, including a footpath. Given that the south-eastern elevation of [the application site] faces a public footpath, I find that the proposal would extend beyond a wall which fronts a highway”. 


The Inspector then considered whether the south-eastern elevation of the property is a principal or side elevation, and concluded that it is “the principal elevation”. 


Main Conclusions: 


·       The term “highway” includes any way over which members of the public have the right to pass and repass.
[Relevant to: “Highway”, A.1(d), B.1(b), D.1(c), F.1(a), G.1(b), H.1(d)].


·       The term “highway” includes a public footpath.
[Relevant to: “Highway”, A.1(d), B.1(b), D.1(c), F.1(a), G.1(b), H.1(d)].


·       This appeal decision provides an example of the types of factors that should be taken into consideration when determining which elevation is “the principal elevation”.
[Relevant to: “Principal Elevation”, A.1(d), B.1(b), E.1(b), F.1, G.1(b)].

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