The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is running a consultation until 25th September 2023 on a proposal to further relax Permitted Development Rights for selected categories of development.
The Government is looking to ensure that the planning system is efficient, effective, responsive and delivers beautiful and well-designed development. This consultation requests views on proposals designed to promote the delivery of well-designed development and support housing delivery, the agricultural sector and economic growth.
Some of the main highlights in the consultation paper include the following proposals:
Change of use of buildings within the commercial, business and service use class to residential use (MA)
Agricultural buildings to houses (Class Q)
Agricultural buildings to a flexible commercial use (Class R)
Agricultural development on land over 5 hectares (Part 6, Class A)
Agricultural development on land below 5 hectares (Part 6, Class B)
Please note that the above list is not exhaustive.
Abel Bunu, Principal Planner, comments “As usual, we expect that if the proposed changes succeed, they will come with a raft of qualifying criteria to be satisfied before enjoying the Permitted Development Rights. Nevertheless, the additional flexibility offered would increase the opportunities for development of agricultural land and buildings.”
Responses to this consultation can be sent via the online link here or via email to PDRconsultationsummer2023@levellingup.gov.uk. It is important to respond where applicable as all responses are reviewed when determining whether the changes are to take place.
Please note that local planning authorities have the right to withdraw Permitted Development Rights and so it is important to act quickly before this happens.
If you would like more information on the above or would like to find out how our Planning & Development team can help you take advantage of the changes being introduced to the planning system, please contact Abel or David.Back to articles