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New permitted development rights and streamlined application regime confirmed

by on April 2, 2015

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has confirmed important secondary legislation which introduces new permitted development rights from 15 April as well as newly consolidated Development Management Procedure Order. Pickles confirmed the Order in a written Commons statement (25 March).

This will simplify and streamline the planning application process for local planning authorities, applicants, and other users of the planning system.

The Order will also bring into force a number of important changes, including streamlining the process of statutory consultation and a new “deemed discharge” of conditions to ensure that planning conditions are cleared on time.

As well as changes in the Development Management Procedure Order, the administration has also introduced further measures to reduce and simplify the requirements to notify English Heritage and refer certain heritage applications to the Secretary of State.

“These will allow English Heritage’s resources and expertise to be focused where they can add most value, while still maintaining an effective level of protection for the historic environment,” insisted Pickles.

The permitted development rights include allowing more change of use between shops and financial and professional services, allowing the change of such uses to restaurants or leisure use, and allowing retailers to adapt their facilities more freely to support click and collect

The new measures will also allow change of use from some business uses to residential and continue to allow larger, rear domestic extensions (the Government has also clarified the wording on front extensions following requests by some local authorities).

The new provisions will allow commercial filming for longer periods, larger capacity solar panels on non-domestic buildings, make permanent larger business extensions and allow like-for-like replacements within waste management facilities and allowing equipment housings for sewerage undertakers.

The administration is also introducing a new requirement to enable local consideration of a planning application for any change of use to a betting shop or pay day loan shop

Pickles added: “The Government will further consider the case for extending the office to residential reforms, which are helping provided more new homes on brownfield land.”

Read the written statement to Parliament

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015

 

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