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JUDGE URGES TOWN PLANNERS TO BE REALISTIC

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A judge has warned town planners that realism and common sense need to be combined with the law when dealing with p...
A judge has warned town planners that realism and common sense need to be combined with the law when dealing with planning matters.

The warning came from Mr justice Sullivan in a challenge by Sefton MBC over use of land for vehicle dismantling.

The council refused consent for the site - which had been used for this purpose for four years prior to the planning application - to be used in this way and was considering enforcement proceedings. However, an appeal by the owners was allowed by a planning inspector, subject to conditions.

In their appeal the council argued among other things that the planning inspector has wrongly compared the use for vehicle dismantling with previous use of the site for light industrial premises.

Dismissing the council's appeal the judge ruled that the council's approach had been wholly unrealistic. He said the inspector had been entitled to apply common sense to the situation and had been entitled to have regard to the realities of the situation in respect of the previous use.

STRAND NEWS SERVICE

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