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Does the principle in the case of I'm Your Man Ltd v Secretary of State for the Environment, that a planning permission is permanent unless an express temporary condition is imposed, only apply to changes of use or can it apply to a permission for operational development such as a dwelling?

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Produced in partnership with Tracy Lovejoy LLB of Lanyon Bowdler LLP
Published on LexisPSL on 02/07/2021

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:

  • Does the principle in the case of I'm Your Man Ltd v Secretary of State for the Environment, that a planning permission is permanent unless an express temporary condition is imposed, only apply to changes of use or can it apply to a permission for operational development such as a dwelling?

Does the principle in the case of I'm Your Man Ltd v Secretary of State for the Environment, that a planning permission is permanent unless an express temporary condition is imposed, only apply to changes of use or can it apply to a permission for operational development such as a dwelling?

I'm Your Man Limited v Secretary of State for the Environment deals with the question of whether a planning permission can be limited other than by condition and whether it can be limited by the description of the development. Planning authorities can take enforcement action under section 172 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990) for breaches of planning control. TCPA 1990, s 171A defines what constitutes a breach of planning control. The definition includes failing to comply with any condition or limitation subject to which planning permission has been granted.

In I’m Your Man, planning permission was

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