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Permitted development rights reduce the need for applications


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A wide range of works, including building operations, extensions, demolition and certain changes of use, do not need express planning permission, as they benefit from permitted development rights. Permitted development rights apply to both residential and non-residential properties and can be used to implement a variety of changes such as the creation of new dwellings and flexibility between different forms of business space.

Where permitted development rights apply, there may be no need to take any action before carrying out the works. In other instances it may be necessary to make a more limited application for ‘prior approval’. The permitted development rights criteria can be very complex and require careful consideration before proceeding.

Consulting us will help you gain a much clearer understanding of which permitted development rights apply and whether prior approval or planning permission is going to be needed. Such guidance will give you greater certainty and reduce the time and cost required to undertake your project.