Updates were made to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) in May 2019.
This is the Statutory Instrument that allows certain works to be carried out without the need for obtaining planning permission.The summary below outline changes.
Under Prior Approval home owners are allowed to extend their house to the rear by up to 8m in length (in the case of a detached house) and up to 6m in length in the case of any other house as long as they are not located in a conservation area or other designated area (Class A, Part 1, Schedule 2). Preiosuly there was an end date of 30th May 2019, this end date has now been removed therefore making these larger housing extensions under prior approval permanent
Other Permitted Development updates include:
The change in permissible floor area and number of units offers landowners even greater opportunity to utilise redundant buildings. Landowners can also think in a more ‘savvy’ way, utilising the amendments to their maximum potential, being a total combined floor area of 865sqm. This could be made up of a combination of large and small homes. This is a significant increase compared with the previous criteria, which only allowed a maximum floor space of 450sqm, and the total number of units was limited to three
However, it is important to note that Class Q is not available for Listed Buildings or those buildings that fall within a Conservation Area, or other similarly protected sites. Other stringent criteria must also be met, and applications will be assessed with regard to transport, highways and noise impacts, contamination and flood risks. The building must be suitable for conversion to residential use, structurally able to take the loading of the residential conversion, and the design and external appearance of the proposed conversion must also be deemed to be appropriate
4. In regard to temporary buildings and uses (Part 4, Schedule 2), Class D, which allows shops, financial, cafes, takeaways, pubs etc. to change to a temporary flexible use, has been expanded to allow certain D1 uses to change for a temporary period. The period during which the premises can operate under another use has been extended from 2 years to 3 years. It must also be noted that since June 2019 Class P (storage & distribution to C3) permitted develpment no longer exists.