Lawful Use and Permitted Development
SM Planning can provide clear guidance as to what permitted development rights may apply and manage the formal process of obtaining an appropriate lawful development certificate.
Certain types of project don’t require planning permission as they qualify under what is referred to as “permitted development”. Permitted development rights cover a wide range of works including building operations, extensions, demolition and certain changes of use and can apply to both residential and non-residential properties.
Certificate of Lawfulness applications argue that a use of a development is lawful. They are not concerned with planning policy but instead the wording of the relevant legislative Acts, General Permitted Development Order and case law judgements.