More Flexibility under Permitted Development Rights

17th June 2019

As is a continuing theme of recent changes in planning regulations to reduce red tape, a further set of new permitted development legislation came into force on 25th May 2019, making amendments to the General Permitted Development Order 2015.

Of particular interest to those involved in development are the following:

  1. The temporary right to enlarge houses by up to 8 metres for detached dwellings or 6 metres for other dwelling has been made permanent. It was previously due to expire at the end of May. There are still certain actions that need to be taken to secure such rights.
  2. Buildings in Class A5 (hot food takeaways) can now be changed to Class C3 (residential) without the need for a planning application, subject to satisfying various criteria.
  3. Clarification has been provided regarding the permitted development change of use from agricultural buildings to Class C3 (residential). No material changed have been made to this Class, therefore, the upper limit for three larger dwellings (over 100 square metres each and up to 465 square metres in total) and up to five smaller dwellings (not to exceed 100 square metres each) remains. The amendment only confirms that it’s not possible for the creation of a larger single dwelling to exceed 465 square metres, The same conditions controlling this right remain.
  4. One non-residential change is the introduction of a new class. This allows a building within Class A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional services) or A5 (hot food takeaways) or a betting shop, payday loan shop or laundrette to undergo a change of use to B1 (s) (office use), subject to limitations and conditions, without the need for a planning application. A building that changes to office use under this provision cannot then benefit from other permitted development rights, which would normally be available to office buildings, such as extensions/alterations or hard surfacing.

There are numerous other nuances to be aware of and opportunities to add value to properties within the legislation. We are always happy to have an initial conversation to advise on the potential of a particular property.

For more information please contact us on 01256 766673.

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