Can I object to a compulsory purchase order?
A compulsory purchase order or CPO is a legal process whereby certain authorities can compulsorily acquire land for public works or projects, such as road building schemes or urban regeneration projects. You can object to a CPO if you are the owner, tenant or occupier of a property subject to the CPO. This will trigger a public inquiry into the merits of the CPO, and can significantly improve the negotiating position of a party affected by it. Any objections should be aimed at challenging the legal basis for the CPO and/or whether there is a compelling case in the public interest for the compulsory acquisition of the relevant land. There is also an ability to challenge a confirmed CPO in the High Court within 6 weeks.
What evidence do I need to support an application for a Certificate of Lawfulness?
A Certificate of Lawfulness is essentially a binding determination from the local planning authority that a use, development or breach of planning is lawful. The evidence required to obtain such a Certificate will depend on the nature of the use, development or breach that the application is seeking to regularise. We will need to work with you to identify the most appropriate and persuasive evidence to provide to the local authority, and how best to present it. Documents such as photographs, invoices, receipts and letters from suppliers and customers are often the best way of demonstrating when a change of use or development took place in order to establish immunity from enforcement for the purposes of such an application.
When does a holiday let become a change of use?
It is becoming increasingly popular to let properties on a short-term basis through platforms such as Airbnb. However, the use of a property for holiday letting may be materially different in character from a use as a dwelling house and in some circumstances will constitute a commercial use for which planning permission will be required. Whether a change of use has occurred will be a question of fact and degree in each case, and the answer will depend on the particular characteristics of the use. However, the number of people occupying the property, the extent to which they occupy as a family or single household and whether they arrive as a pre-formed group or separately will all be relevant considerations. We would recommend that you seek legal advice before letting your property for holiday accommodation.