The Planning and Environmental team at DMH Stallard capitalise on new legislation

London and South East based law firm DMH Stallard is celebrating a groundbreaking planning victory for client One Community Limited, following an appeal battle, taking advantage of the Government’s recent decision to place climate change near the top of the planning agenda.

One Community Limited is a housing co-operative which owns Keveral Farm, an organic farming community in Caradon District Cornwall. The farm – which consists of a house and farm buildings – aims to create a more self-reliant and sustainable way of life through farming, crafts and similar activities.

In 2003 One Community Limited decided to convert the ‘Old Piggery’ building to residential use and did so without planning permission. Subsequently the owner of Keveral Barton, a Grade II listed house next to Keveral Farm, objected to the alterations. Caradon District Council served a Listed Building Enforcement Notice – alleging the building was within the curtilage of Keveral Barton and any works would require Listed Building Consent – and an Enforcement Notice, in relation to the unauthorised change of use of an agricultural building to residential.

One Community Limited chose DMH Stallard to act for it on the appeals against both notices due to the firm’s expertise in planning and environmental law.

Bill Knight, from One Community Limited, said: “A local architect recommended DMH Stallard to us because of the firm’s expertise in listed buildings, and we have not been disappointed. From the outset the team was supportive and really listened and understood the arguments we wanted to put forward in our defence. The case they developed on our behalf was exceptional.”

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