THREE RIVERS DISTRICT COUNCIL
TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990: SECTION 70
REFUSAL OF PERMISSION TO DEVELOP LAND
To : Savage And Partners On behalf of James Rushton And Lenny
The Auction House Cooper
Bucks SL8 5QH
Site : 61 Harefield Road Rickmansworth Hertfordshire
Proposed Conversion of ground floor to veterinary surgery and conversion of first floor into two
Development : flats
Ref No : 07/0863/FUL
Date Received Valid: 14 May 2007
In pursuance of its powers under the above-mentioned Acts and the Orders and Regulations for the time being in
force thereunder, the Council as Local Planning Authority hereby REFUSES planning permission, for the
development proposed by you in your application as set out above and shown on plan numbers: TRDC
001,1512/3/5103, 1512/1/5054,1512/2/5080 Rev C accompanying the application.
Permission is refused for the following reason(s):-
1 The proposal represents an intensification of use that results in a substandard form of
development by reason of poor car parking layout, poor disposition of amenity space that fails to
provide satisfactory amenity provision for future residents and also lead to noise, disturbance, loss
of privacy detrimental to the amenities of the existing residential properties in the vicinity of the
application site. The proposed development fails to meet the requirements of Policies H10, H13,
GEN 3, and Appendix 2 of the Three Rivers Local Plan 1996 – 2011.
Dated: 20 July 2007
Geof Muggeridge, Chief Development Control Officer
For Director of Leisure and Environment
On behalf of Three Rivers District Council, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth, Herts WD3 1RL
Appeals to the Secretary of State
If you are aggrieved by the decision of your local planning authority to refuse permission for the proposed
development or to grant it subject to conditions, then you can appeal to the Secretary of State for the
Environment under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
A form can be obtained from the Planning Inspectorate, Customer Support Unit, Temple Quay House,
2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. This must be made within six months of the date of
The Secretary of State can allow a longer period for giving notice of appeal, but he will not normally be
prepared to use this power unless there are special circumstances, which excuse the delay in giving notice of
The Secretary of State need not consider an appeal if it seems to him that the local planning authority could
not have granted planning permission for the proposed development or could not have granted it without the
conditions it imposed, having regard to the statutory requirements, to the provisions of the development order
and to any directions given under the order.
In practice, the Secretary of State does not refuse to consider appeals solely because the local planning
authority based its decision on a direction given by him.
If either the local planning authority or the Secretary of State for the Environment refuses permission to
develop land or grants it subject to conditions, the owner may claim that he can neither put the land to
reasonably beneficial use in its existing state nor can he render the land capable of a reasonably beneficial use
by the carrying out of any development which has been or would be permitted.
In these circumstances, the owner may serve a purchase notice on the council (District Council, London
Borough Council or Common Council of the City of London) in whose area the land is situated. This notice will
require the Council to purchase his interest in the land in accordance with the provisions of Part VI of the Town
and Country Planning Act 1990.
In certain circumstances compensation may be claimed from the local planning authority if permission is
refused or granted subject to condition by the Secretary of State on appeal or on reference of the application to
These circumstances are set out in section 114 and related provisions of the Town and Country Planning Act