Consultation on Revised Permitted Development

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Consultation on revised Permitted Development Rights

November 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have released a consultation on proposals to increase permitted development (PD) rights for extensions to houses and business premises in non-protected areas in England, as well as streamlining the regime covering the installation of broadband infrastructure.

The five areas of proposed change are as follows:
 
  • Increase in PD rights for the depth of single-storey domestic extensions from 4m to 8m (for detached houses) and from 3m to 6m (for all other houses), in non-protected areas, for a period of three years.
  • Increase in PD rights for extensions to shop and professional / financial services establishments to 100 sq m, and allowing the building of these extensions up to the boundary of the property (except where the boundary is with a residential property), in non-protected areas, for a period of three years.
  • Increase in PD rights for extensions to offices to 100 sq m, in non-protected areas, for a period of three years.
  • Increase PD rights for new industrial buildings within the curtilage of existing industrial premises to 200 sq m, in non-protected areas, for a period of three years.
  • Remove some prior approval requirements for the installation of broadband infrastructure for a period of five years. 
The consultation paper also indicates that the Government wants to explore the possibility of making it easier to carry out garage conversions.
 
The new rights will not apply in protected areas such as National Parks, conservation areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest and will not remove the requirement for separate listed building consent, building regulations, the Party Wall Act or environmental legislation.
 
The DCLG hope that, these reforms will, for a limited time period, cut planning red tape, sweep away unnecessary rules and bureaucracy and help tens of thousands of homeowners and companies.
 
Planning Minister Nick Boles said: "These proposed reforms will make it easier for thousands of hard working families to undertake home improvements to cater for a growing family or to build a conservatory. Homeowners and businesses must be allowed to meet their aspirations for improving their homes and premises but this won't be at the expense of neighbours, communities and protected areas."
 
Other changes to permitted development are also being taken forward separately: making it easier for commercial properties to be converted to residential use; and encouraging the reuse of existing buildings through making changes of use easier.
 
For further information contact Gemma Field on 01530 412821 email gemma.field@fishergerman.co.uk
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