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Does the four or ten-year enforcement limit apply to the construction of a log cabin in breach of conditions requiring adherence with approved plans?

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Produced in partnership with Kevin Leigh of No 5 Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 16/04/2018

The following Planning Q&A produced in partnership with Kevin Leigh of No 5 Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Does the four or ten-year enforcement limit apply to the construction of a log cabin in breach of conditions requiring adherence with approved plans?

Does the four or ten-year enforcement limit apply to the construction of a log cabin in breach of conditions requiring adherence with approved plans?

A certificate of lawfulness of existing use or development (CLEUD) under section 191 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990) cannot be granted if the local planning authority (LPA) is still entitled to take an enforcement action within the statutory time limits for enforcement contained in TCPA 1990, s 171B. These are:

  1. four years for building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, without planning permission—this development becomes immune from enforcement action four years after the operations are substantially completed

  2. four years for the change of use of a building, or part of a building, to use as a single dwelling house—enforcement action can no longer be taken once the

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