Certificate of lawful existing use to confirm agricultural land as garden land


Our clients owned around 1 ½ acres of agricultural, green belt land adjacent to their family home. Purchased almost 20 years ago they had used it regularly over the years, including erecting and installing play equipment and a treehouse for their children, for family get-togethers as well as for general enjoyment.

Working closely with the applicant, Plande developed a detailed and robust package of evidence, to justify that a material change of use had occurred and that the use had continued for long enough to make the change of use lawful and immune from enforcement action.

While the LPA sought to question and clarify certain aspects, including whether the whole of the land had been used, during the LDC application, our robust package and justification ultimately enabled them to issue the Lawful Development Certificate accordingly.