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We offer advice in relation to the exercise of permitted development rights as set out within the Government’s General Permitted Development Order. The Development Order is updated annually and it is useful to be aware of the recent changes in order to be certain as to the rights which you can exercise. Permitted development rights fall into two key categories:
Each types of planning controls ( residential, commercial and agricultural) have their own permitted development rights and allow you to carry out works which you might otherwise be unable to gain a planning consent for. In addition, they allow you to carry out works to your premises without needing to go through the costly planning process and are therefore a very cost effective approach to obtaining planning consent where required and available.
In some areas of the country, known generally as "designated areas", permitted development rights are more restricted such as if you live in a Conservation Area, a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads. If your site is in a designated area you will need to apply for planning permission for certain types of work which do not need an application in other areas. There are also different requirements if the property is a listed building.
A local planning authority may also have removed some permitted development rights by issuing what is known as an Article 4 Direction or may have removed those rights on the original, or any subsequent, planning permission for the site. This will mean a planning application will be needed for development which normally does not need one. Before undertaking any development, checks should be made to determine whether any restrictions on permitted development have been made.
In certain circumstances, householders can build porches, decking, fences, small extensions to their homes or build outbuildings in their gardens without the need to make a planning application. For further clarification and specific site advice call us today.
Owners of agricultural land have permitted development rights which accrue as a result of the amount of land they hold in agricultural use. These rights are set out in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2016 (as amended) Schedule 2, Part 6. Agricultural rights fit into three main categories:
The rights are complex in their application and subject to considerable exemptions and caveats and therefore anyone wishing to exercise their permitted development rights, or think that they may apply to their land, should contact us for site specific advice before commencing any works.
Commercial properties have different permitted development rights to residential and agricultural properties. These rights allow the conversion of office buildings to residential use, more flexible uses for shops, offices, and residential institutions and the erection, extension or alteration of an industrial building or warehouse subject to certain limits and conditions.
The majority of local authorities have designated shopping or commercial areas within their planning policies where shops and other commercial uses are encouraged. The use of PD rights can overcome standard planning policies if they are available to you. The rights are complex in their application and subject to considerable exemptions and caveats and therefore anyone wishing to exercise their permitted development rights, or think that they may apply to their premises, should contact us for site specific advice before commencing any works.Type your paragraph here.