When a local planning committee overturned officer’s recommendation and refused planning permission for development in the Green Belt, they missed the fundamental basis of national planning policy and their own.
Both local policy and paragraph 89 of the NPPF have 2 elements in ascertaining if there is an exemption to a proposed development being inappropriate; same use AND materially larger. To comply with the policy the proposed development must do both.
As representatives of a group of objectors, we highlighted this issue (where the Council concentrated only on the the increase in size of the proposed development).
We successfully established that the proposed use was not the same as the existing use and therefore the proposed development fell at the first hurdle. The size or otherwise of the new works were irrelevant. The Inspector picked up on this matter and agreed. Had we not raised it….