I'd like to make a formal FOI request to obtain information about our property and the planning and approvals surrounding it.
By way of background we moved here just under one year ago at the end of February 2016 and it was a new house built by Cala Homes (Chiltern) Ltd (although it was originally Banner Homes before they were acquired by Cala). We were subsequently advised in August
2016 by a Planning Enforcement Officer from Brentwood Council's Planning Department that about 2/3rds of our rear garden was in fact illegal. Although we understood that part of the garden was 'green belt' land and couldn't have permanent structures on it,
they said that in fact it was 'agricultural use' only and couldn't even have a lawn on it. It was somewhat disappointing to say the least since we were given the garden fully landscaped by Cala, including the turf, stocked borders and a sprinkler system ! We
have subsequently submitted a retrospective planning application (16/01381/FUL) for a change of use from agricultural use to domestic garden - even though we haven't changed anything of course ! We are still in discussions with the Planning Department and
others about that application but we would like to get a better understanding about some of the background to the original planning process that approved the overall development.
Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information Act Request.
I can advise you that the information you require is held on our website www.brentwood.gov.uk, and can be found by following the below:
• View a planning application
• Enter address
• This will bring all of the planning history up on your property