Certificate of Lawful Development Secured in London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

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25 September, 2019 By Rebekah Jubb

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) has recently granted our application for a certificate of lawful development under the provisions of Section 191 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The statutory position allows for an application to be submitted to the LPA for the issue of a certificate of lawfulness in respect of the existing use of the buildings other land.

Our client was seeking confirmation that the use of their property was classed as a single dwelling. The certificate was required to provide comfort to a potential purchaser. The property originally consisted of two separate neighbouring dwellings which were amalgamated and were lived in as a single dwelling since 2011.

With any application for a certificate of lawfulness, the burden of proof sits with the applicant. In this instance, it was imperative to provide clear unambiguous evidence that the Property has been in continuous use as a single dwelling for over four years. Bell Cornwell on behalf of our client helped to successfully demonstrate the four-year rule, by providing clear advice on the content of the statutory declarations and supporting exhibits. 

The granting of the certificate by LBHF has enabled stalling house sale to progress.

Bell Cornwell has significant experience in handling such applications and with the benefit of our in-house solicitor (Nicolette Pike) are well placed to assist on such matters. If you would like to know more about the above application or lawful uses/ development and how they can benefit you, please feel free to contact Rebekah Jubb or Nicolette Pike on 020 3960 1530.

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Rebekah Jubb

Rebekah joined Bell Cornwell in 2004 and became a Partner in 2013. During this time she has been involved in a wide range of projects from small scale domestic and commercial proposals to large mixed use schemes, covering all aspects.

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