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SEVENOAKS PLANNING DECISION TAKEN TO EUROPEAN COMMISSION

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A Sevenoaks man is taking a planning decision to the European Commission of Human Rights, reports The Times (p4). ...
A Sevenoaks man is taking a planning decision to the European Commission of Human Rights, reports The Times (p4).

Sevenoaks DC says a restored building, although 'very attractive', must be demolished, because allowing it to remain would set a dangerous precedent.

The objector converted the derelict barn without realising he needed planning permission, and was ordered by the council to pull it down. After eventually losing a planning inquiry and an appeal court case, he was refused leave to appeal to the House of Lords.

The entire matter has now gone to Strasbourg in a case that Sevenoaks' planning director says is a major precedent that would put green belts everywhere in England under threat.
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