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You must explain in your own words why you consider a Certificate of Lawfulness should be granted. The applicant must provide sufficient evidence to satisfy the planning authority that a Certificate must be issued. The evidence submitted should therefore be clear and convincing.
The onus is on the applicant to provide enough evidence to satisfy the planning authority that planning permission is not needed for the proposals. Mere assertion on these points is not sufficient. If the planning authority has evidence, or reasonable grounds to believe that an assertion by the applicant is not correct, it may refuse a Certificate.
In your case, you can use the "10-year rule" This applies to a change of use to a land that must have existed in excess of 10 years before it can be protected from enforcement action. Therefore you may have perfectly adequate land but no lawful use for it. Your LPA's planning officers can also help. They will tell you about the sort of information needed to support your application.
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You must specify in reasonably precise terms what the use, operational development, or other activity is, or is proposed to be. The authority need not consider any proposal which does not include specific details of what it involves. Nor need they answer general questions on what could be undertaken on the land or what is lawful. The planning merits of the use, operation, or activity are not relevant. The issue of a certificate depends entirely on factual evidence about the history and planning status of other land and the interpretation of any relevant Planning law or judicial authority.
Do you have LPA? They can help you with the information/reason you need to provide. If you don't, you can have it reviewed by a solicitor near your area, who will be able to assist you further in this regard. To find a local solicitor, you can visit the website: https://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk. You can use their search function to find one near your locality.
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