There are two kinds of planning permission - outline and detailed.
Outline is where you seek to establish a principle.
Detailed is where you establish a principle ( if no previous outline consent ) ,
but also provide detailed plans of design and layout.
At this stage Tim Wilmot had no fixed ideas at all of design and layout,
so all that he wanted was to establish was the principle.
In other words, he was saying to the local authority
"I have a piece of land I think would make a good garden centre.
In geographical terms only, do you agree?"
After all, what is the point of producing detailed plans
if the local authority simply says
"Garden centre in that location? You must be joking!"
So Tim Wilmot made an outline application for
"Change of use of redundant council rubbish dump to garden centre".
He simply took a piece of A4 paper,
and drew an amateurish site plan -
sufficient for the job, but not impressive.
In other words, he was without professional advice.
This is important.
Firstly, because although without professional advice,
the committee initially voted to back Tim Wilmot's judgement
that this was a good site for a garden centre
( which demonstrates that his vision was sound ).
Tim Wilmot might add that Callington Town Council
not only raised 'no objection' to the proposal,
but very unusually went so far as to state
"We wish Mr Wilmot every success with his venture".
This suggests that Callington Town Council felt
that a garden centre was exactly what the town needed.
Callington Museum - run by Callington Town Council -
also has on file a number of documents written by Tim Wilmot
during his fight with Caradon District Council.
Secondly, because without professional advice,
the planners knew that they could take liberties.
When Tim Wilmot submitted his planning application,
he enclosed a letter to Mr Les Kimberley
( a planning officer he had been dealing with before ).
In the letter,
Tim Wilmot specifically asked that, if there was any obvious error,
would they please let him know. -====================================================-
Something made Tim Wilmot put in that request.
For there was something wrong.
Something so simple that a rookie planner would spot it in seconds.
You can only apply for change of use
on a property with an existing commercial use.
You would apply for change of use to an existing commercial use;
for example, from an estate agent's office to a fish and chip shop, for example. -====================================================-
Target Tip had ceased tipping at least a dozen years before,
so while it had had a commercial use,
that use had lapsed through disuse.
So Tim Wilmot was not 'wrong' to ask for 'change of use',
so much as out of time.
All that was required, was to alter
"Change of use of redundant council rubbish dump to garden centre"
"Operational Development of redundant council rubbish dump as a garden centre".
The Planning Department failed to suggest this simple alteration,
and the first of many, many strange things began to happen. -====================================================-
First, we must discuss what the application represented in planning terms. -====================================================-Link - A Major Development in Out of Town Shopping - sequential -====================================================-Link - Return to Start Menu to Submitting Application section
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