For many years it has been possible to carry out certain developments without the need to apply for planning permission. There has been a “blanket” permission for “permitted development”.
The last comprehensive revision was in 1995 and since then there have been a number of amendments.
With effect from 15 April 2015 there is a new consolidated permitted development order coming into force which also includes some not insignificant changes.
First, the ability to build larger home extensions which was to expire in 2016 has been extended to May 2019.
Secondly, previously time limited permitted development rights to extend non-domestic premises have been made permanent.
Thirdly, it is now permitted to change the use of shops to restaurants or cafes, to premises providing financial or professional services, or to assembly and leisure purposes.
It is now also permitted to change the use of amusement arcades and storage/distribution centres to dwellinghouses
Further changes allow the temporary use of land or buildings for commercial filming, click and collect facilities in shops, and the installation of solar panels on the roofs of non-domestic premises.
As is to be expected all of these rights are hedged around with various limitations and conditions and will not apply in all cases, so it is very important to obtain professional advice as to how permitted development rights may apply to your particular proposal.
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