Back in 2020, campaign group Rights: Community: Action posed a legal challenge against the Government’s changes to the Use Classes Order and permitted development rights on the grounds that:
Despite a gallant effort, the RCA’s objections have been in vain as their attempt to overturn the government’s planning law has been dismissed.
On the 17th November 2020, the High Court dismissed all of RCA’s arguments. The presiding Judge believed that the new permitted development rights were proportionate given the circumstances and were granted by the Government “in order to stimulate regeneration at a time of great economic difficulty arising out of the pandemic.”
The RCA appealed, believing that the changes will have a substantially negative effect on our environment. On 20th December 2021, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the High Court on the basis that the statutory instruments in question did not fall under the SEA Directive and that the changes were lawful without undertaking an environmental assessment or carrying out a screening procedure.
Read more about the changes to the Use Classes Order and permitted development rights in our articles Time to Regroup and Onwards & Upwards. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.