Mixed-use premises – Covenant not to apply for planning permission without consent – Reasonable refusal of consent
Sequent Nominees Ltd (formerly Rotrust Nominees Ltd) v Hautford Ltd  UKSC 47 (30 October 2019)
We summarised the Court of Appeal decision in our May 2018 edition Commercial Leases Volume 32 Issue 4 at p2533. In a case
where the court said that there was no direct authority on reasonableness of a landlord’s refusal of consent to permits its
tenant from making an application for planning permission, it upheld the decision of the trial judge to the effect the landlord
had unreasonably withheld consent on the footing that it was seeking to achieve a collateral purpose. That purpose was to
minimise the risk of enfranchisement. The case was fact-sensitive and depended on the precise facts prevailing at the time
when the application for consent was made to the landlord. The words used in the lease, properly construed in context, were
also of importance.
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