Tetlow King Planning recently helped Devon and Cornwall Housing Association to resolve an unusual planning problem on a development at Pool near Redruth.
Cam Brea House had originally been granted planning permission as a hostel for homeless persons in 1990. Devon and Cornwall Housing Association wished to renovate the hostel, reducing the number of units and slightly change the clientele away from homeless families to single persons under slightly different management arrangements.
The question arose as to whether a new planning application was required for these works which were entirely internal to the existing building.
The initial advice of Kerrier District Council was that planning permission was required on account of a possible change of use from hostel to sui generis; and the extent of the works proposed.
Our advice was that planning permission was not required but that Devon and Cornwall Housing Association should protect its position by applying for a simple Certificate of a Proposed Use or Development, to be determined entirely on the facts and without the necessity for public consultation. We provided a carefully worded supporting statement to the application which was promptly granted without the need to follow the much more complex procedures associated with a planning application.
The effect of the Certificate is to approve the proposed internal alterations and improvements as fitting within the scope of the existing planning permission.