c2c Planning Consultants have just gained a Certificate of Established Use for the continued use of a holiday let as dwelling.
Planning permission had been granted to convert a barn to a holiday let some years ago, but in more recent years the property had been let to tenants.
Having reviewed the evidence before the submission of the application, we were happy that we could present the evidence in a fashion that the Council would agree with us that the use was lawful. The information supplied in support of the application was sufficiently detailed to prove that it has been occupied in excess of 10 years without compliance with the holidaymaker occupancy condition.
Whilst the property had been vacant, there has never been any intention to relinquish the residential use of the property and these voids were to renovate the property and search from appropriate tenants, all in furtherance of the breach of condition. Such breaks are common when dealing with the routine departure and arrival of different tenants.
It was found by Taunton Deane Borough Council to be lawful. We are very happy to say that a certificate of lawfulness was granted on that basis.