Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council v Tanna

Town and Country planning – Notice. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in allowing an appeal by appellant local authority (the authority), held that notice, under s 215 (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, had been validly served by the authority's planning department on the respondent registered proprietor of derelict property (T). Such notice would pave the way for the authority to demolish the property and to recover the cost of doing so from T and he had argued that there had been no valid service because he had not been living at the address and/or addresses at the relevant time of the purported service. The court held, among other things, that there had been valid service, that an authority's duty to make reasonable inquiries went no further than to search the proprietorship register to ascertain the address of the registered proprietor and that it was the responsibility of the registered proprietor to keep his address up to date.

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