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PLANNING UPDATE: Two become one

07 July 2017  

Katie Scuoler examines the current planning position on amalgamation of units

Historically whether planning permission was required for the amalgamation of units has been a grey area for planning lawyers. However, it was a question which was seldom asked. In recent years there has been a strong trend in the central London residential market for the creation of substantial residential properties through the reconversion of previously subdivided houses, the amalgamation of purpose-built flats or adjoining houses, and lateral amalgamation of units. As a consequence, there has been increased focus on decisions regarding amalgamation. This article traces the recent evolution of decision-making regarding amalgamation.


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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Mitchell v Secretary of State for the Environment [1994] 2 PLR 23

    R on the application of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government & ors [2016] EWHC 1785 (Admin)

    Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions & anor [2000] 2 PLR 115