New legislation governing permitted development for planning purposes came into effect 15th April 2015.
This new order has de-cluttered the various rules, regulations and guidance contained in the 1995 Order and subsequent amendments, relating to what type of works to a property is permitted without the requirement for applying for and obtaining written planning permission.
The new General Permitted Development Order affects England only; the 1995 Order remains in effect in Wales.
The new Order confirms:
- The relaxed rules as to extensions relating to permitted development to residential dwellinghouses have been extended until 2019, rather than 2016 as with the 1995 Order. This gives an extra 3 years for house owners to carry out extensions without having to apply for full planning permission. Works must be completed before 30th May 2019.
- For non-residential properties there is no time limit, the relaxed rules are now permanent.
- New changes of use are now permitted without planning permission being required, for example:
- Converting a shop, betting office or pay day loan centre to financial or business offices;
- Converting a casino or amusement arcade to a domestic dwelling;
- Converting storage premises to a domestic dwelling.
Please do note that the relaxed rules relate to planning permission only for properties that are not listed or in a conservation area. You must always correspond with the Building Control department and make application for Building Regulations approval and completion certificates for structural works and certain non-structural works.
In addition, you must consult with the Listed Building Officer and/or Conservation Officer if your property is listed, and/or in a Conservation Area, and/or affected by an Article 4 direction.
Consultation must take place before works commence otherwise significant penalties can be levied and prosecution can take place.
In support of these changes, a new Order governing the procedure for planning applications came into effect on the same date.
- Provides further clarity on information required when a planning permission application is required.
- Sets our further requirements for the local authority to provide rationale when imposing conditions on planning permission.
- Clarifies the procedure where a local authority fails to discharge a planning permission condition within the timescales required by law.