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Land at Stubcroft Farm, East Wittering, Chichester

DATE: 13 Sep 2007

This was a redetermination following the decision in Chichester DC v Secretary of State [2006] EWHC 1876 (Admin).  Planning permission had been granted for the construction of a workshop next to a farmhouse.  What had actually been built was tantamount to a dwelling, even though the appellant contended that it was merely a workshop needed for agricultural purposes.  He also said that the local planning authority had approved the departures from the permitted plans.  The Inspector found that the workshop planning permission had lapsed and that, even if it had not, the development constructed was not authorised by it.  He dismissed the ground (a) appeal. 

Richard Langham appeared for the local planning authority.