I hope that this is the correct place to ask this.
In 1972 our Parish Council was granted .. “Use of land for a childrens play area O.S. ***** subject to the conditions specified hereunder:- 1) The development to which this permission relates shall be begun not later than the expiration of five years, beginning with the date of this permission. The reasons for the conditions specified above are:- 1) This condition is imposed in compliance with section 41 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971.”
This was /still is, land held in trust by the Parish council for the good of the village and was originally a sheep wash and grazing land. This application was granted to change the use to a childrens play area. The Parish council at the time did not want to install any play equipment, just provide a recreational playarea within the village. Can someone please explain to me what it means when it mentions the ‘development being begun’ when there was no development to begin, nothing was being built or installed!. Children had always played there and still do. Where can I find reference/detail for the Planning act section quoted to find out how it is applicable and relevant to this?
I hope this makes sense.
Cheers and thanks JBL