When Mira’s house was extended in the mid-1990s, the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames imposed a condition removing permitted development rights for any further extensions in the future.
However, the government’s national planning guidance says that these conditions are generally unreasonable and should not usually be used. The idea is that almost all houses in the country should have the usual permitted development rights, so that they do not need to submit a full planning application every time this wish to make small-scale alterations.
We applied on Mira’s behalf to get the condition removed and were delighted when the council accepted out argument and deleted it from the 1990s approval. As a result, Mira can not proceed with the roof extensions she wants, without needing full planning permission.
For more on the unfairness of conditions removing permitted development rights, check out our article on the subject here.