Night time interior Render.
Night time interior Render.

The interior of the approved Orangery as seen at night. Planning approval obtained by En-Plan: Planning Consultants for Birmingham.

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Approved Garden Studio X-Ray render.
Approved Garden Studio X-Ray render.

Approved planning application for detached garden studio and Orangery in Great Barr, Birmingham.

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Night time Render of approved Garden Studio.
Night time Render of approved Garden Studio.

Nighttime render created using Sketchup, Shaderlight, and Photoshop and shows a nightime render of the garden studio.

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Calshot Road, Great Barr, Birmingham.


Proposed Development: Certifcate of Lawfulness for a Conservatory and detached garden building.

Following the initial discussion wit the applicant a single-storey rear extension was agreed on whereby the extension would forma a new entrance to the property and provide additional storage space for the kitchen and replace the less than complimentary lean to extension.   The use of grey upvc and render would give the extension a contemporary feel and form a new domestic adjunct to the main dwelling.

The application sailed through the planning process and we are now awaiting instruction to undertake a full plans building regs application.  More details to follow.

This application is a cost effective solution to a storage and circulationn issues within the existing property.

Application Ref: 2014/02035/PA

  • Application Number2014/02035/PA

  • Application TypeProposed Lawful Use/Development 

  • Site Address180 Calshot Road Great Barr Birmingham B42 2BU 

  • ProposalApplication for a lawful development certificate for a proposed conservatory and single storey detached building to rear garden 

  • Planning OfficerBhupinder Thandi 

  • Area TeamP & D - North West Team 

  • ApplicantEn-Plan 

  • WardPerry Barr 

  • ConstituencyPerry Barr 

What is a Lawful Development Certificate?

A Lawful Development Certificate is a legal document stating the lawfulness of past, present or future building use, operations, or other matters. If granted by the local planning authority, the certificate means that enforcement action cannot be carried out to the development referred to in the certificate, However, the certificate will not protect from enforcement action by the planning authority if the specified use is then changed 'materially' without a planning application for it.

The certificate is not a planning permission. The planning merits of the use, operation or activity in the application are not relevant. The issue of a certificate depends entirely on factual evidence about the history and planning status of the building or other land and the interpretation of any relevant planning law or judicial authority.  The responsibility is on the applicant to provide evidence to support the application.

Section 10 of the Planning and Compensation Act 1991 established a procedure that enables anyone who wishes to do so, to apply to the local planning authority to determine whether a proposed use or operation, or an existing operational development or an existing use of land, or any other matter constituting a failure to comply with any condition or limitation subject to which planning permission has been granted, is lawful, and if so, be granted a certificate to that effect.


A certificate granted for a proposed, or an existing use, operation or activity will specify (by reference to a plan or drawing) the area of land included in the certificate and describe the precise nature of the use, operation or activity which is lawful. The certificate will give the reason for determining the use or operation to be lawful and specify the date of the application for the certificate.

Applications for Lawful Development Certificates should include the following


   •whether the application relates to:

  •  a use

  • a building operation

  • a condition not complied with

   • the date that the use (or breach of condition) started, or the date on which the building was  complete

   • any use class the applicant considers to be applicable

   •in the case of a breach of condition, details of the relevant application

   • the reasons the applicant thinks he is entitled to a Lawful Development Certificate

   • any other relevant information

   • a plan identifying the land

   • a certificate as to the applicant's interest (ownership, tenancy etc) in the land and any interest of any    

      other person.

What the applicant needs to prove

It is up to the person applying for a Lawful Development Certificate for an existing use

to show the proper evidence. This could include:

•proof that any building was 'substantially complete' more than four years before

the date of the application

•proof that any use (or breach of condition) has been carried on continuously for a

period of 10 years (four years in the case of a dwelling)

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