Re: Re: “Local Need” Ambiguity in KE
If the existing house is being demolished – the new house is presumably classed as a ‘new build’. I know of a situation where a semi derlict timber cottage near me was re-developed. The applicant applied to build a concrete block external skin aorund the ‘shack’. In effect when it went on site the existing building was completely demolished and a new house was built on the same footprint. The L.A. turned a blind eye to it.
It sounds like your freind would have little difficulty proving a connection with the area and if he is refused he has the option of going back and looking for alterations to the existing house.