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Demolition job — permission only required for demolition of buildings larger than 50m3 GEA

By Roy Pinnock

The government has published a new demolition direction, which confirms that permission is only required for the demolition of buildings larger than 50m³ GEA. This reflects the position following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in the R (Save Britain’s Heritage) v CLG [2011]. The court was concerned in Save that by carving out various buildings (including those that were listed, in a conservation area or non-residential), the previous 1995 direction avoided proper consideration of the need for environmental impact assessment (EIA). EIA is not required for listed-building or conservation-area consents.

The publication of the new direction is a reminder that when demolishing buildings, owners need to be aware of the current position…

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