If you own a property in a conservation area it is important to understand the restrictions on making alterations such as extensions, removal of trees or altering the external appearance of the property.

In a recent case involving the London Borough of Islington and developer Hargrave House, the developer had rendered and painted a formerly red brick townhouse in St John’s Grove without planning permission. 

The borough took enforcement action against the developer who in turn challenged it on the basis that removal of the render would irreparably harm the brickwork underneath. Regardless of this fact, the High Court upheld the borough’s enforcement notice meaning the developer will have to remove the render and bear the costs of making good any damage to the brickwork of the property.

This case highlights the importance of considering carefully whether planning permission is required for any works to a property in a conservation area.

Our specialists have a wealth of experience in a range of residential conveyancing and planning law matters, including helping with securing planning permission and dealing with refused applications.