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  • Amendments to the GPDO [in England only] were published on 9th May and come into effect on 30th May 2013. The proposals to expand permitted development [PD] limits for residential extensions and to introduce an ability to change from office [Class B1(a)] to residential [Class C3] use had had the most pre-publicity, but there are several other changes to the existing provisions and several new classes that have been brought into the permitted development regime.
  • This is the change that caused Mr Pickles to promise to introduce a ‘light touch consultation’ regime during the second reading of the Growth & Infrastructure Bill in the House of Commons in late April, in order to head off a rebellion by MPs that threatened to scupper the entire Bill. [NB - The G&I Act 2013 simply gave the Secretary of State the power to introduce the current GPDO changes to domestic PD rights, it did not - as was erroneously reported at the time – introduce the changes themselves].
  • This small change allows schools to erect a fence, wall or other means of enclosure up to 2m in height adjacent to a highway - rather than the normal height limit of 1m – provided: ‘it does not create an obstruction to the view of persons using the highway as to be likely to cause danger to such persons’.
  • Under this change to existing GPDO provisions, the permitted movement between uses is unchanged – i.e. a) from B1 or B2 to B8, and b) from B2 or B8 to B1 - but the maximum floorspace limit has been increased from 235m² to 500m². The other qualifying criteria are unchanged.
  • This is a new category of permitted development, under which it is possible to change from Class B1(a) office to Class C3 residential use. It is subject to a sunset clause expiring on 30th May 2016.
  • The new Class K allows the change of use from Class B1, C1, C2, C2A or D2 to a ‘state-funded school’ [Class D1]. This allowance does not extend to Listed Buildings or Scheduled Ancient Monuments and is subject to a condition precluding a future change to other Class D1 uses without planning permission.
  • This is another new class which allows the change of use of ‘a building or any land within its curtilage’ from use as an agricultural building to a ‘flexible use’ falling within Class A1, A2, A3, B1, B8, C1 or C2. There is a cumulative maximum floorspace limit of 500m² for each agricultural unit.
  • This new class allows the use of any building and land within its curtilage as a state funded school – including an academy - for a single academic year.
  • This is yet another new class which sets up a flexible temporary change of use regime. It allows the change of use of a building and any land within its curtilage from Class A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 or D2 use, to a ‘flexible use’ falling within Classes A1, A2, A3, or B1 for a continuous period of up to 2 years.
  • These are each subject to a sunset clause expiring on 30th May 2016. Extensions to Industrial and Warehouse Buildings [Part 8, Class A]
  • There is a similar amendment to the current PD extension rights for Class B1(a) office buildings, The maximum floorspace for additions to the original building is increased to 100m² or 50%, whichever is the lesser [previously it was 50m² or 25%].
  • This temporary increase in PD rights only applies to Class A1 & A2 uses, even though Class 42 as a whole applies to all A-Class uses.
  • Many of these changes to the GPDO do seem to be unnecessarily complicated and contrived, particularly the so-called ‘light touch’ consultation regime for larger householder extensions, as hurriedly drawn up by Eric Pickles in order to secure the passage of the Growth & Infrastructure Act through parliament.
  • What are permitted development rights and how can a home owner use them to best advantage.
  • How to use this web site for Permitted Development householder extensions and ancillary buildings within the curtilage of a dwelling house.
  • DCLG Technical guidnace on PD - Permitted Development householder extensions and ancillary buildings within the curtilage of a dwelling house.
  • Current advice note for all home owners intending to erect a building or construct an extension under Permitted Development.
  • The new Permitted Development legislation 2008 is full of ambiguities. Here is our own schedule of the potential mis-understandings that will and have arison with each Local Planning Authority.
  • New dwelling houses just built often have permitted development rights for additional alterations or extensions. The problem is deciding what is the earliest opportunity a site owner can legally build thier PD extension.
  • The 28 day rule for using land or buildings for another use without the requirement for obtaining formal planning permission.
  • Bad examples of Permitted Development Structures of home extensions and loft conversions. A series of photographs.
  • Certificate of Lawful Development appeal decisions against various Planning Departments who have refused to issue a Certificate of Lawful Development to homeowners.
  • Porches can be built without planning permission under permitted development but strict dimensional limits apply.
  • GPPDO Appeall category index - explanations of appeal decisions by category.
  • Articles relating to planning permission and permitted development will guide you through the process of assessing your own home extension scheme. Lots of help and advice on various issues relating to loft conversions, house extensions, dormer windows and garden buildings. Permitted development is not easy to fully understand.
  • Resources of links and downloads relating to permitted development and planning permision issues in general.
  • Press releases and news items on permitted development from a wide range of intersted sources from government to professional institutions. Read the spin and the opinions of the consultations on this peice of planning legislation.
  • Ask us a question on your specific permitted development query or project. For a small fee we may be able to answer your question without you spending hours researching this web site.
  • Should your building scheme not fall under the sites Permitted Development allowances and you do need to apply for Planning Permission, then parts of this section of our web site may prove useful.
  • Interview with the owner of the permitted development web site.
  • Summary of the Permitted Development (PD) changes starting October 1st 2008.
  • The Certificate of Lawful Development (Certificate of Lawfulness). What it is and how it can be of benefit to your building project.
  • The dirty tricks The Councils Planners and Legal Team often use in order to prevent them issuing the homeowner with a certificate of Lawful Development. The tricks they use to stop you implementing your permitted development rights - is this a valid perception publics?
  • Planning terminology is full of jargon. Use our glossary of planning terms to understand the words within most planning permission documents.
  • Report Broken Links - This web site is reliant upion feedback & its performance acn diminish
  • Permitted Development England. Since October 1st 2008 a new Permitted Development regime has been introduced giving home owners and householders certain rights with buildings and extensions to their homes and properties that you can build without planning permission. This web site explores and discusses these issues relating to schemes that do not require planning approval.

 Latest permitted development changes PD May 2013 summary
 What are permitted development rights
 How to use this web site
 DCLG Technical Guidance
 Home Owner Advice Note
 The Ambiguities of the PD Legislation
 New houses and PD
 The 28 day rule for planning permitted development
 Examples of PD photos
 Appeal Decisions
 Permitted Development Porches
 Detached garden rooms under PD
 GPDO Appeal category index
 Ask us a question
 Planning Permission Information
 Commercial permitted development rights
 Use classes for commercial planning
 Interview with the owner
 Summary of Permitted Development Changes October 2008
 Certificate of Lawful Development
 Council dirty tricks
 Definitions of the permitted development wording
 Downloads of Permitted Development information
 Glossary of Planning Terms
 Report a Broken Link