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Old Gannon Close, Rickmansworth

DATE: 25 Oct 2006

Planning permission had been granted in 1993 for the construction of a large house. The planning permission had been implemented but progress was minimal and neighbours found themselves living next to a permanent building site.  The appellant applied for planning permission for extra windows.  The local planning authority granted a fresh planning permission for the house with a condition requiring the development to be completed to the satisfaction of the local planning authority within 9 months.  On appeal the Inspector removed this condition.  While he sympathised with the Council’s intentions, he thought that it would be impossible to enforce the condition effectively and that any enforcement action would merely delay the completion of the building. 

Richard Langham appeared for the local planning authority.