For planning, a nursery isn’t a school, High Court rules

A High Court judge has ruled that, for planning purposes and in real life, a nursery is not a school, and therefore cannot be treated as such under the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) rules. The case involves an application for GPDO development made by the large nursery chain Bright Horizons in 2017. The nursery chain increased the indoor space of its Watford Nursery in 2017 and applied for a GPDO exemption to Watford Borough Council. It applied under Class M of the rules, which are for “schools, colleges, universities or hospitals”. Watford refused the application, stating that “a nursery
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