We were delighted to win an appeal recently for the Cowdray Estate in the South Downs National Park, testing the concept of ‘the planning unit’.

The Section 195 appeal followed refusal of a Certificate of Lawful Development regarding relocation of the maintenance yard from one part of the Estate to another.  The inspector was satisfied that, notwithstanding the large scale of the core part of the Estate, it represented a single planning unit, and therefore, relocating a composite use within that same unit did not require planning permission.  Being unable to precisely define the farthest extents of the planning unit was not critical, given that we were able to demonstrate a clear relationship between the composite uses in the core area.

James Iles, Director, represented Pro Vision at the appeal hearing, alongside Rob Walton QC of Landmark Chambers.

A copy of the appeal decision is available here