The Government have now released the formal ‘Technical Guide'
to implementing your Permitted Development Rights.
Download it now by clicking here.
I never thought they would given the recent change in government but pressure was mounting on
the DCLG for the formal release of this document to help us all understand the many ambiguities that have arisen
over the last 22 months.
We have had it in draft since Easter 2010 as an ‘unofficial leaked version’ and all feed
back indicated that it brought some much needed clarity to the situation of Permitted development since the changes
Well now we have it & at first read all seems pretty much in tact as per the draft
version but for one major change.
The combined side / rear 'wrap around' extension is dead -
it is no more!
The draft version clearly stated that this was allowable. The new official version goes to
great lengths with examples & explanations as to why it is not allowable.
Of all the PD questions I have received, the wrap around extension was the most requested
explanation or discussion topic of all. Therefore, I know it will now cause considerable upset & amazement from
many home owners at this ‘U turn’ in thinking.
The questions are:-
1 - What happens to all the current Lawful Development Certificates issued that have agreed
to the wrap around extension that have not yet been implemented?
2 - Are the DCLG correct in their current guidance on the interrelationship between
side and rear extensions?
3 - What happens to the current appeal decisions that offer a contrary opinion and have
My own question to the DCLG is why the change in mind from the draft version? Were they ‘got
at’ by certain powerful & influential Local Planning Authorities who were trying to prevent & restrict your
building rights? Remember, only around 8 consultees were offered an opportunity to comment on the draft version
most of which were LPA’s so I think the evidence speaks for itself (I.M.H.O.)
All that said, it is a very useful document that you can now officially present to each Local
Planning Authority to support your Certificate of Lawful development application knowing that it now carries much
more weight than the draft version did.
Let me know how you get on.
The promised commercial Permitted Development Rights has arrived.
We are just getting to grips with its implications - we didn't
want to but we have already received numerous calls on the subject & how its is beginning to affect commercial
You can read our initial thoughts & opinions on the new
regime & download the actual document as a pdf. This could be a big growth area for some business owners who
have been previously refused Planning Permission to extend or alter their existing premises especially in rural
Refer to the lastest planning jargon
here to be taken to our new Commercial PD section.