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Can local planning authorities (LPAs) use plans submitted for planning applications for other purposes, for example plans for enforcement? If so, can the LPA amend those plans?

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Produced in partnership with Tracy Lovejoy LLB of Lanyon Bowdler LLP
Published on LexisPSL on 13/10/2020

The following Planning Q&A Produced in partnership with Tracy Lovejoy LLB of Lanyon Bowdler LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can local planning authorities (LPAs) use plans submitted for planning applications for other purposes, for example plans for enforcement? If so, can the LPA amend those plans?

Signature Realty Ltd v Fortis Developments Ltd confirmed that architect drawings used to obtain planning permission can be sufficiently ‘original’ to qualify for copyright protection and that the use of those drawings without permission for a subsequent build can amount to copyright infringement.

Signature complained about four categories of use of the 'Drawings':

  1. use for marketing or architect/tendering/estimating purposes

  2. use for making AutoCAD versions of the Drawings

  3. use to make altered copies of the Drawings for marketing, architect, tendering and/or in the construction of the development, and

  4. use for the making of CGI images for

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