The facts about retrospective plans

Dear Sir, — Perhaps Coun Ian Lawson would care to correct his assertion in last week’s Chronicle that retrospective planning applications are illegal, as a matter of fact.
This is not the case; the facts are as follows.
If you have made a change to your property that requires planning permission and you have not had approval, the local authority can request you to submit a retrospective planning application for work you have already carried out. 

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