Melanie McIntosh's Planning & Rating Cases

Complex planning issue involving a mobile home

Melanie acted for the Respondents in a case involving purchase of a permanently sited ‘mobile’ home on a site in a Conservation Area. Although purchased from a reputable developer, the site became the subject of an enforcement notice by the local authority, relating to lack of correct planning permission. Melanie successfully negotiated a favourable outcome Continue reading

Preventing inappropriate development in a residential area

Melanie acted for a Residents’ Association in an appeal against planning permission for a substantial non-domestic development in a residential area. The focus of her clients’ objection was: change of use inappropriate development in a residential area increased traffic and related parking issues in a residential area Melanie’s representation on behalf of her clients was Continue reading

Unlawful activity in an area of outstanding natural beauty

Melanie acted for the Respondent in respect of a planning prosecution involving an appeal against an Enforcement Notice, which required the Appellant to cease using residential land for business purposes, remove a number of vehicles from the site and return it to a condition appropriate to an area of outstanding natural beauty. Melanie’s representation on Continue reading

Test case relating to correct RV

Melanie acted for the Appellants in respect of an appeal which related in the main to Valuation issues and in particular, the correct Rateable Value (“RV”) of the hereditament in the List. The preliminary legal issues were whether (i) an oral agreement as to the RV satisfied the procedural rules and (ii) whether a proposal Continue reading

Test case relating to Lottery funded hereditament

In this test case, Melanie acted for the Respondent in relation to a National Sports Centre hereditament .The issues encompassed, (i) the identity of the rateable occupier and (ii) whether adjustments (and if so the size thereof) should be made at Stage 5 of the Contractor’s basis of valuation to reflect grant funding and flood Continue reading

Obsolescence and Rateable Value

Melanie acted for the Appellant in respect of a ‘first generation computer centre’ hereditament. The site, which had originally been built for military use, had been stripped out and the issues before the Tribunal were 3-fold, namely, (i) whether the hereditament should be treated as obsolete as a computer centre and/or whether it was incapable Continue reading