28 Jun Game, Set, Match for a Tennis Court in Sevenoaks

The Rural Planning Practice were approached by a client who had received an enforcement notice for the unlawful erection of a tennis court on their land. This had been built on land outside of the residential curtilage and therefore did not constitute permitted development. The first stage of the process was to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness for use of the land as part of the curtilage. Through aerial photography we were able to prove that the majority of the area occupied by the tennis court had been used as part of the garden for a period in excess of 10 years and a Certificate was granted. The end section of the tennis court is on land which has not met the 10-year test and following advice from the planning case officer the next stage of the process is to apply for the tennis court through a retrospective application.