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Permitted development for larger home extensions comes into force
The extension of permitted development rights to allow homeowners to extend their properties without a full planning application – as well as high street conversions to offices and homes – has come into permanent effect. The regulations, which were laid before Parliament earlier this month, do not include the right to allow upward extensions. Under the rules, homeowners can put a single-storey rear extension on their property of up to six metres for terraced or semi-detached homes – or eight metres for detached homes.
The government has permanently extended the permitted development rights. This means there is no longer the rush to have your development completed before May 30th! Any such proposal will still be bound by the relevant Neighbour Consultation Scheme and your Local Planning Authority will be informed.
Any such proposals will still be subject to the associated neighbour consultation scheme and this requires that the relevant Local Planning Authority is informed of the proposed work via a prior approval application.
You can make certain types of changes to your house without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called "permitted development rights" which have now been made permanent and allow larger extensions. It is important to note that permitted development rights do not apply to flats or maisonettes.
Under new regulations that came into force May 2019 an extension or addition to a house is considered to be permitted development and not requiring a planning application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions: Prior notification/neighbourhood consultation would still need to be sought, please see our package prices for this service, or arrange a telephone consultation, to discuss your project requirements further.
The government state that “Any existing Article 4 direction in respect of larger extensions to dwellinghouses will remain in force unless it is expressly time limited. Applicants will no longer be required to notify the local planning authority that the development is complete.”
An appropriate fee will be introduced for the prior approval application for this right.
In some areas of the country, known generally as designated areas, permitted development rights are more restricted. If you live in a Conservation Area, a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Broads, you will need to apply for planning permission for certain types of work which may not need an application in other areas. There are also different requirements if the property is a listed building.


Some developments do not require full planning permission and are covered within Permitted Development. For further information or help on a project please contact us and we will be happy to advise you and discuss your project requirements in greater detail.

Other changes coming into force on 25 May
Other amendments made to Permitted Development rights that take effect on 25 May 2019 include:
Allowing change of use from Class A1 (shops), Class A2 (financial and professional services), or Class A5 (hot food takeaways) or a betting shop, pay day loan shop or launderette, to a use falling within Class B1(a) (offices)a subject to limits and conditions including the submission of a prior approval application.
Allowing change of use from Class A5 (hot food takeaways) to Class C3 (dwellinghouses) subject to limits and conditions including the submission of a prior approval application.
Clarifying that the limit of floor space for any dwellinghouse created by Class Q of Part 3 of Schedule 2 is 465 square metres.
Amending Part 4 Class D (shops, financial, cafes, takeaway etc to temporary flexible use) so that flexible use is allowed for a period of up to three years and now also includes
Class D1(a) the provision of any medical or health services except the use of premises attached to the residence of the consultant or practitioner,
Class D1(d) the display of works of art (otherwise than for sale or hire),
Class D1(e) museum,
Class D1(f) public library or public reading room, and
Class D1(g) public hall or exhibition hall.
Removing the permitted development right that allow the installation, alteration or replacement of public call boxes
Removing the deemed consent which allows an advertisement to be placed on a single side of a telephone kiosk
Increasing to the height limit from 1.6m to 2.3m for charging upstands for electrical vehicles in an off-street parking space. Within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse or block of flats the existing height limit of 1.6 metres will remain.

Other changes confirmed
Following the consultation, government has also said that they will proceed with the following items:
Amendment of use class A1 (shops)
A new Listed building consent order to allow minor routine works to the Canal and River Trust’s listed waterway structures
The production of new guidance on the compulsory purchase powers of new town development corporations.

The government will not be proceeding with the following items:
Extending the time-limited right for change of use from B8 (storage) to C3 (dwellinghouses). This right will therefore expire, with the last valid ‘prior approval date’ being 9 June 2019.
To be further considered
The government has also said in their response to the consultation that they will further consider the following items:
A permitted development right to extend upwards certain existing buildings in commercial and residential use to deliver additional homes.
New permitted development rights for commercial buildings to be demolished and replaced with homes
Extending the freedom of local authorities to dispose of surplus land

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