CERTIFICATE OF LAWFULNESS APPROVED
MELVERLEY FARM, WHITCHURCH, SHROPSHIRE.
Certificate of Lawfulness Granted for the retention of three ancillary structures and alterations to the main house at Melverley Farm, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Following the Covid lock down the countryside has seen a massive rise in visitors as foreign travel becomes a less realistic possibility. This has however had unforeseen consequences with one being that a lot more people were using the public footpath located adjacent to Melverley Farm. One of the people using said footpahth reported the development work that has been undertaken at Melverley Farm and reported this to Shropshire Council. The development in question consisted of the conversion of a existing and to a yoga studio, the erection of a dutch barn, extensions to the main unit, and extensions and alteration of an existing barn to add a new first floor and convert this into a residential annex for an elderly relative.
The owner initially put an application in to regularise the development but this was refused by the Planing Department at Shropshire. It was at this impasse and with enforcement action looming that the owners contacted En-Plan and we were able to visit the site and ascertain that the development was indeed over four years old and as such under the current planning laws any operational development is immune form enforcement action after four years of being substantially completed.
En-Plan were now able to formulate a Certificate f Lawfulness application to state this fact to the Council and gain a legal view that the development was now lawful due to t above and this was duly submitted to the Council following a site meeting with the Planing and Enforcement Officers dealing with the matter. The application subsequently received approval in September 20-21 with all development being deemed as "lawful".
This is a great victory for the applicant who has invested heavily in improving the agricultural and residential elements at Melverley farm and this also retains the residential annex in its current form and therefore thre is no disruption to the elderly relatives home and outlook.
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