Planning can be a complex process and sometimes works are carried out, or a use commences, which should have had permission but inadvertently the client has not obtained the necessary authorisation. On other occasions, perhaps for the purposes of securing a mortgage, when there is no record of planning permission having been granted, certainty is required and it is prudent to obtain a lawful development certificate.
Shire consulting has experience in both such areas and secured a number of lawful development certificates for retail mezzanines prior to a modification to the law which would have meant submitting expensive planning applications. One of the mezzanine proposals had to be pursued to appeal as, despite the opinion of senior learned counsel being included with the application, the Council determined to oppose the grant of the certificate. The appeal succeeded and full costs were awarded against the Council in question.