When considering the lawful use of an existing property, specifically those which are vacant, redundant or partially derelict, it is necessary to assess whether the previous use has been abandoned. Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy can assist developers and purchasers in identifiying whether a use has been abandoned, having regard to the numerous tests which have been established through case law.
To confirm a use has not been abandoned it is usually necessary to lodge a Lawful Development Certificate with the Local Authority. This will necessitate the preparation of supporting evidence to demonstrate your case. Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy can advise you on these matters from an early stage and can prepare a detailed Planning Statement to accompany your application.