This month has seen me working on several Certificate of Lawful Existing Use or Development (CLEUD) applications. These applications are made when the existing use of a building, or element within a building is unclear, due to periods of vacancy, alternate uses, etc.
For these applications, the onus is on the applicant to demonstrate that ‘on the balance of probability’ the use applied for is the lawful use. This means basically the applicant must evidence the use applied for is most likely the lawful use.
Additionally, I have been undertaking a review of an element of a portfolio of sites across England as part of an inter-departmental instruction for Montagu Evans. The planning remit has been to assess the development potential of individual sites based on established and emerging planning policy, taking into consideration any risks, such as flood risk or being situated within a conservation area. This has enhanced my exposure to planning policy outside of London, as sites have been located in the Midlands and in the northern regions. This gives a valuable insight into how planning policy differs across the country.