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Appeal: ‘Unauthorised dwelling’ judged to be ancillary accommodation

Unauthorised dwelling

A commissioner has quashed an enforcement notice calling for the demolition of an alleged unauthorised dwelling in Newry, Northern Ireland, after finding that the development should instead be classed as ancillary accommodation.

Commissioner Pamela O’Donnell contended that there are occasions when a freestanding building provides overspill living accommodation for an associated dwelling on the same site, and that the distinction between a separate dwelling and ancillary accommodation is acknowledged in the Addendum to Planning Policy Statement 7 ‘Residential Extensions and Alterations’.

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