Conservation area approval granted March 2010 – therefore expires in March 2013. Approval for 2 detached houses and plots are for sale.
There was a small equestrian business on site at time of approval which is now closed, but which at time of application helped us to obtain planning permission as the volume of traffic would ultimately be reduced once the development was started (which would have resulted in the equestrian business closing anyway).
There were several objections to application although most neighbours have now moved (mainly due to divorce!!) and new neighbours have moved in. Questions are
1 Now the business is closed and traffic reduced to only our cars, when we submit new application could this be used against us eg if neighbours say traffic will be increased by new development.
2 As the development is for two houses ( if we sell one plot we will use the money to build the second house ourselves), if all pre commencement conditions are discharged and we start one house by laying the foundations to the satisfaction of Building Regulations, will this constitute start of the development and put us in the position of not ever having to re-apply for planning permission.
Any advice would be much appreciated.