The respondent, Christian Braun, had successfully overturned, on appeal to the administrative court, a decision by a planning inspector to dismiss his appeals against a listed building enforcement notice in respect of alterations to the interior of his house. He had also overturned the dismissal of his appeal against the defendant council's failure to determine his retrospective application for listed building consent. The judge found that the inspector's decision was flawed in that he ignored relevant evidence of the condition of the building prior to the alterations, and that he failed to deal with the evidence of the council, which favoured the respondent in the consent application. The council had ultimately been willing to grant listed building consent in respect of some of the works carried out by the respondent after having had an information alleging contravention of s.9(1) Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 dismissed by a district judge.

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Christian Braun vs (1) Secretary of State for DTLR (2) Hammersmith & Fulham London Borough Council, 20 May 2003, Court of Appeal, Civil Division, Judgment of the Court
The Secretary of State appealed arguing that the judge had wrongly held or assumed that the owner of a listed building could not be enforced against in respect of unauthorised works carried out by previous owners.