planning for demolished buildings

June 5, 2009 by mark piper in forum Planning Forum

#10 mark piper, 5 June 2009, 18:21

Hi all.
I have aprox 20 acres of land on the devon cornwall border, around 2 miles outside a small town.
on the plot of land used to stand a dwelling, however there has been no such dwelling for around 50 years.
there are faint out lines of some footings of the demolished dwelling.
what would my chances of getting planning.
the land has good access and is not under any flood risk.

#12 Will Locke, 8 June 2009, 18:49

Hi Mark,

From my understanding, the fact that a building stood on the site some 5o years ago isn't in its own right a green light to a planning permission. The argument would be along the lines:- why hasn't the need for a home on this site been explored in the last 50 years?

The first thing to do is identify what policy constraints exists which may stop you rebuilding the house. It is likely that the site is washed over by some form of policy such as green belt designation which would make it quite difficult to gain permission unless you can demonstrate a special case in support of the application; say for example, the dwelling is going to be occupied by a person who works the land.

Beofre spending money on a planning consultant, contact the local planning authority first and asked what policy constraints may exist that may stop you re-building the house. I would make clear that a house did exist here and therefore the precedent has already been set.

Good luck


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