Planning permission granted and Enforcement Notice quashed for a London business



Inspire Planning Solutions expertise has won an appeal against an Enforcement Notice on behalf of Hi-Tech Motor Centre in North London.

We were approached by the Car Body Repair & M.O.T centre in February following the issuing of an Enforcement Notice served by the London Borough of Haringey Council. The Notice followed a refusal of retrospective consent for alterations undertaken to the roof above the vehicle service garage, dating back to October 2014.

The Council was of the opinion that the revised roof form had an adverse effect on the amenity of a neighbouring first floor flat by reason of a material loss of outlook. In presenting our case, we were able to effectively demonstrate that while the revised roof form has slightly increased the overall height of the roof, the adjacent flat continued to benefit from good levels of natural day light and a reasonable outlook would still be guaranteed. We also further advanced the benefits of the revised roof form from an environmental and economic point of view. The Inspector agreed with the case we presented, concluding:


“On balance, I consider that the Alterations do not have any significant adverse impact on residential amenity of the occupiers of the flats at Nos. 484 or 486. There is no other evidence before me that the Alterations have any significant impact on the residential amenity enjoyed by any other residential occupiers living nearby including those at Willow Court. Accordingly, I find no conflict with the relevant parts of the Development Plan.”


As the Enforcement Notice has been quashed and consent granted, our Client is looking forward to getting back to concentrate on their business. If you’re looking to appeal against a planning application refusal or Enforcement Notice, we have the expertise to help you. Get in touch with us now and see how our experienced team can help you.

A New Plan, a New Challenge?


Source: Derived from Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Draft Report (2016)


Many people will be glad to see the return of larger than local thinking on matters as important as housing supply.

Following the demise of the Regional Spatial Strategy’s in 2010, a vacuum has existed in the planning system and it was widely felt that difficult and controversial, yet nevertheless essential facilities and infrastructure were being put on the back burner.

Fast forward 6 years and the 10 Greater Manchester Councils have got together for the first time to produce a statutory planning document that will aid economic recovery and deliver new house building. We are currently in the midst of a consultation on the draft strategy of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework  which is expected to be adopted and come into force in 2018.

The plan seeks to deliver 227,200 new homes and 26.3m sq ft of office space for new jobs for all 10 local authorities up to 2035, as well as identify strategic sites for development. Whilst that may sound a lot, many commenters have argued that it does not go far enough to deliver the transformational changes required in the region.

Should we be building houses or apartments?

Well according to this planning document, overall, slightly more houses (55-60%) than apartments (40-45%) but the distribution across Greater Manchester varies considerably with Manchester and Salford leading the way with up to 85% of all new homes to be apartments:



Source: Derived from Greater Manchester Spatial Framework Draft Report (2016)


The really controversial part of the plan however has been the earmarking of Green Belt to provide for 63,616 homes on land previously protected from development. The plan’s approach to Green Belt release is to focus on a relatively small number of large sites, the scale of some are set to deliver 4000 homes on individual sites.

This is an area that we have been involved in responding to the plan and no doubt the masterplanning that will be required in delivering some of the new neighbourhoods, will see many Architects and Planners working on over the next 20 years.

What is currently happening?

Now is the time to shape the plan and with the deadline for comments on 23 December 2016. We are currently working on behalf of a number of landowners in responding to the draft planning document. If you have a site that would benefit from inclusion or want assistance in responding to other aspects of the plan, get in touch with us.