Archie wrote:So your local PA is the authoritative voice when it comes to making planning determinations rather than ABP.
I suppose you'll be telling us next that none of their decisions have ever been successfully appealed.
I have certified quite a few developments of this kind and I can sleep easily in my bed at night knowing that Im right.
You are quite correct Archie, ABP are the ultimate decision makers in respect of planning applications and S5 referrals. And in the case of attics its really the S5 referrals which are of importance. Wearnicehats has given us a potted planning history of 32 Ballinclea Heights but significantly neglected to highlight the landmark S5 Reference decision whih allowed for 6 large Velux windows on the front roofslope. It should be borne in mind now that solar panels are now allowed on front roofslopes also as exempted development (12 square metres maximum) and as these have similar characteristics to Velux windows we can expect lots more such decisions from ABP. These days the emphasisis is on getting as much natural light as possible into residential units and with energy saving being high on the agenda we will not see any drawing back from that policy.