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Is there a legal definition of what constitutes a 'ruin'? This

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Is there a legal definition of what constitutes a 'ruin'? This is in relation to its application in planning law. Is there a process to establish something as an acknowledged 'ruin'?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 3 years ago.
There is no legal definition of the word "ruin". As a noun, it the word means the physical destruction or disintegration of something or the state of disintegrating or being destroyed.
If the derelict building is in a state of disintegration e.g. It is crumbling away, it is a ruin.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Does this therefore mean that a planning authority can declare a property to be a 'ruin' and thereby make it impossible to be renovated? I actually want to remove all buildings on the land except to maintain and prop the frontage to enable its use as an iconic trade mark.

Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 3 years ago.
You can apply for planning permission to renovate or rebuild. Just because a building is a ruin does not make it impossible to renovate or rebuild, e.g. See here
What you are proposing to do sounds reasonable.
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