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Lawful Development Certificates and Use Class E

A Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) can provide formal confirmation by a local planning authority that a use or development is, or would be, lawful in the absence of express planning permission (subject to certain criteria being fulfilled).

However, DJB Partner Yohanna Weber warns that they should not be treated as a shortcut to de facto planning permission. LDC applications (in particular for CLEUDs) must be carefully crafted and rely on robust evidence. An under-prepared or disingenuous application can be costly in more ways than one.

The introduction of new use class E brings new opportunities for applicants and new problems for local authorities when it comes to LDCs, according to Yohanna. It remains to be seen how readily the authorities will issue LDCs with a class-E description, as an LDC for this use class could have unintended consequences of completely opening up the types of use the property can adopt.

So, is the risk worth the reward? What are the pitfalls to avoid?

Yohanna reveals all in the latest edition of Estates Gazette (page 56-57).



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