B8 Storage and Distribution New PD Rights SF Planning LimiitedIn a bit of a surprise move Government has issued a new consolidated General Permitted Development Order replacing the 1995 Order (and all of its amendments).

The changes come into effect on 15 April 2015.  The headlines:

  • The conversion of premises used as a storage or distribution centre (use class B8) to dwellinghouses (use class C3) becomes permitted development but subject to a prior approval process (Class P);

  • Class MB (conversion of agricultural buildings to dwellinghouses) becomes Class Q;

  • Large front extensions to properties that do not face a highway will no longer be permitted development;

  • The date for the expiry of the time-limited permitted development right for larger home extensions (in Class A of Part 1 of Schedule 2) has been extended, it now expires in May 2019, and;

  • the previously time-limited permitted development rights for extensions to non-domestic premises (offices, shops, industrial buildings and schools etc) have been made permanent (Part 7 of Schedule 2);

Please contact us for further details.  We will be contacting clients with current proposals where there may be implications.

Other changes include:

  • a number of new permitted development rights have been inserted in Part 3 of Schedule 2 (changes of use): the conversion of retail premises to restaurants / cafes (Class C); the existing permitted development to convert a shop to a deposit-taker is replaced by a wider right to convert a shop (or a betting office) to a premises providing financial and professional services (Classes D and F); the conversion of retail premises to assembly and leisure (Class J); the conversion of casinos or amusement arcades to dwellinghouses (Class N);

  • a new permitted development right for temporary use of building and land for commercial film-making has been inserted in Part 4 of Schedule 2;

  • a new permitted development right has been included for the provision of click and collection facilities within the curtilage of a shop and for increasing the size of loading bays for shops and permitted development for the extension etc of buildings used for waste facilities (see Classes C, D and L of Part 7 of Schedule 2); and

  • a new permitted development right for the installation of solar PV panels, with a generating capacity of up to 1 megawatt, on the roofs of non-domestic buildings (see Class J(c) of Part 14 of Schedule 2).