In Charlton-Merryweather (Listing Officer) v Hunt & Ors, the Court of Appeal has ruled that an increased level of traffic on a motorway is not capable of being a change in the physical state of a property's locality causing a material reduction in the property's value for the purposes of council tax banding. The listing officer appealed against the valuation tribunal's decision that the increased noise, pollution and traffic from the motorway could constitute the necessary change in the property's locality, where a motorway ran at an elevated level higher than the property. The Court of Appeal said that the listing officer should only be concerned with the essential fabric and character of the house and its locality, and if the motorway had not changed in its physical state throughout the relevant period, then the valuation tribunal had made an incorrect decision and the listing officer's appeal was allowed.

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