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Land at Lye Lane, Bricket Wood, St Albans

DATE: 22 Feb 2011

This Green Belt site had an existing club house and planning permission for a modest pavilion to serve a playing field. The appellant embarked on an ambitious scheme for a gym and leisure centre, as revealed by plans submitted for Building Regulations approval, and protested when the local planning authority served a temporary stop notice followed by an enforcement notice.  He argued that, far from taking enforcement action, the authority should have negotiated about the conditions it would impose in a retrospective planning permission.  He claimed that this approach was mandated by PPG18.  Not surprisingly he lost.  The development was subsequently demolished. 

Richard Langham appeared for the local planning authority.