Partner, Mark Steggles from our Dispute Resolution team speaks to multi-award-winning wealth management and luxury lifestyle magazine Spear's, about the legal dispute between David Richards CBE and the residents of St Mawes over the use of his helicopter landing pad.
The former Formula 1 racing principle and chairman of Aston Martin, David Richards CBE, has flown into a legal battle with residents of the Cornish village of St Mawes over the use of a helicopter landing pad in Lowen Meadow to fly in friends, family and VIP guests to his two hotels.
Residents claim that the helipad, situated in a field on the outskirts of the village, is both noisy and dangerous, and are seeking a judicial review of Cornwall Council's decision to allow Mr Richards to continue to use Lowen Meadow as a helipad issued as a Certificate of Lawfulness of Existing Use or Development (known as a 'CLEUD').
Mark said, "Anyone thinking of using their own garden as a helipad may not necessarily need planning permission, provided that any development rights are not breached. Planning permission is still required for permitted development - the difference being that the application process is dispensed with, and permission is deemed to have been granted."
Read the full article publish by Spear's on the 25 January 2016: Ex-F1 and Aston Martin boss gains upper hand in his village helicopter battle