Government extends permitted development rules

By agency reporter
May 28, 2019

On 25 May 2019, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that permitted development rules introduced in 2013 have been made permanent. The rules give homeowners the ability to extend their homes, and business owners to change the use of without undergoing a full planning application. 

Responding to the announcement, Councillor Martin Tett, Local Government Association planning spokesman, said: “Permitted development rules are taking away the ability of local communities to shape the area they live in, ensure homes are built to high standards with the necessary infrastructure in place and have resulted in the potential loss of thousands of desperately-needed affordable homes.

“While we recognise building extensions under permitted development has been popular with homeowners, the planning process exists for a reason.

“We do not believe this right should be made permanent until an independent review is carried out of its impact, both on neighbouring residents and businesses, and also the capacity of local planning departments.

“The introduction of the prior notification scheme as a result of permitted development for larger household extensions has led to an increased workload for planning officers and a loss of income. Any continuation of this must see councils properly resourced.

“The current process also means councils have limited opportunity to consider the impact of such extensions on the local area, because they don’t go through the full planning process.”

* Read the Government announcement here

* Local Government Association https://www.local.gov.uk/

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