Planning Success – Discharge of Conditions St Albans

Whilst discharge of conditions can be relatively straightforward, in this recent case in St Albans it was imperative that the conditions were submitted correctly and approved.

The approval of the details to discharge the relevant conditions was extremely important as they were submitted shortly prior to the expiry of the permissions (2 permission 2 discharge of condition applications). However, regardless of exceeding the timescale for implementing permissions (i.e. the decision to agree the conditions would be after the expiry of the planning permission) and as long as a material start on site is carried out before the expiry of the time limit, the development would be treated as being carried out in accordance with the decision notice and amounts to a lawful commencement of development.  This ultimately ensures that the permission is extant, in accordance with the Whitley Principle*.

Thankfully St Albans City & District Council agreed the details were acceptable and discharged the relevant conditions.  As long as the client commenced a material start on site prior to expiry of the permission their development would be extant.

Special thanks go out to all of the companies we worked with to pull everything together for this one in such a short space of time – especially Edwards Architecture.

We have had this issue on another scheme previously Planning Success – Residential Development Saved!

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* Whitley & Sons v Secretary of State for Wales (1992) 64 P&CR 296; R (Hart Aggregates Ltd) v Hartlepool Borough Council [2005] EWHC 840 (Admin); Bedford Borough Council v The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Aleksander Stanislaw Murzyn [2008] EWHC 2304 (Admin); Greyfort Properties Ltd v SSCLG [2011] EWCA Civ 908

Planning Success - St Albans - Discharge of Conditions