The libellee seasonably appealed from a decree of divorce nisi granted to his wife in a Probate Court on July 10, 1972, but he failed to seek or obtain a stay of the decree pending the appeal under the provisions of G. L. c. 215, Sections 23 and 24. In the absence of such a stay, the decree became absolute upon the expiration of six months form the date of entry. G. L. c. 208, Section 21. In these circumstances the appeal brings no issue before the court. Sloane v. Sloane, 349 Mass. 318 , 318-319 (1965). See MacNevin vs. MacNevin, 319 Mass. 719 (1946).
In his bill in equity the plaintiff prayed that the Superior Court (1) annul a decision rendered in 1970 by the defendant board of appeal wherein it affirmed the denial by the inspector of buildings (inspector) of the plaintiff's application for a permit to build on certain land, and (2) declare void a notation on a subdivision plan approved by the planning board in 1957 pursuant to G. L. c. 41, Section 81U, as amended through St. 1955, c. 324, that the subject land was "not to be built upon." The plaintiff appeals from a decree upholding the decision. We note that the action of the inspector was based on the restrictive notation in the subdivision plan and not on any supposed violation of G. L. c. 40A, or of the applicable zoning ordinance. Even if we were to assume (though it has not been shown) that there was an identity of personnel on the board of appeal with that of the board established for purposes of the Subdivision Control Law under G. L. c. 41, Section 81Z, as amended through St. 1958, c. 201 (see Iverson v. Building Inspector of Dedham, 354 Mass. 688 , 690 ; compare O'Donnell v. Board of Appeals of Billerica, 349 Mass. 324 , 325-326 ), and treat the
bill (though purporting to have been brought under G. L. c. 40A, Section 21) as having been brought under the proper statute, G. L. c. 41, Section 81BB (see Rice v. Board of Appeals of Dennis, 342 Mass. 499 , 501-502 ; Sandberg v. Board of Appeals of Taunton, 349 Mass. 769 ; P & D Serv. Co. v. Zoning Bd. of Appeals of Dedham, 359 Mass. 96 , 104-105 ; Ouellette v. Building Inspector of Quincy, 362 Mass. 272 , 276 ), the fact remains that neither the inspector (see G. L. c. 41, Section 81Y, as inserted by St. 1953, c. 674, Section 7), nor the board of appeal (see G. L. c. 41, Section 81Z, as amended through St. 1958, c. 201) had the power to grant the permit so long as the restriction remained in effect. Ellen M. Gifford Sheltering Home Corp. v. Board of Appeals of Wayland, 349 Mass. 292 , 294 (1965). This would be true even if the restriction had been imposed without compliance with the hearing requirements of G. L. c. 41, Section 81T, as inserted by St. 1953, c. 674, Section 7 (see Pieper v. Planning Bd. of Southborough, 340 Mass. 157 , 161 ; Doliner v. Planning Bd. of Millis, 343 Mass. 1 , 5 ), or were invalid for any other reason. See Campanelle, Inc. v. Planning Bd. of Ipswich, 358 Mass. 798 (1970). The appropriate remedy in either event "was by appeal under G. L. c. 41, Section 81BB [from the action of the planning board]." Rounds v. Board of Water & Sewer Commrs. of Wilmington, 347 Mass. 40 , 45 (1964).