New Permitted Development Rights Introduced

The Government has issued amendments to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO), the Statutory Instrument that allows certain works and operations to be carried out without the need for obtaining planning permission. These changes came into effect on the 25th May 2019 and will mainly impact developments for house extensions and changes of use.

To summarise, with regard to changes of use, you will now be permitted to convert retail units, takeaways, betting offices, pay day loan shops and laundrettes, to offices (use class B1(a)).  A5 takeaways can now also be changed to residential, and temporary buildings/uses have been expanded to allow various high street uses to change to certain uses within Class D1 (non-residential institutions). The period in which this temporary use can operate has extended from 2 years to 3 years. 

In many cases there are requirements that must be met, for example the length of time in which the property has been used under the existing consent, and the size of the building. Permitted Development is also subject to a Prior Approval application, which assesses the impacts of the proposed change of use in respect to transport and highways, noise from neighbouring commercial and retail premises, and on whether there remains “adequate provision of services” in the area.

 

Amy Gregory

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New Permitted Development Rights Introduced

The Government has issued amendments to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO), the Statutory Instrument that allows certain works and operations to be carried out without the need for obtaining planning permission. These changes came into effect on the 25th May 2019 and will mainly impact developments for house extensions and changes of use. To…