The Planning Portal has introduced forms for the new processes under Part 3 Class K and Part 3 Class M of the GPDO …

The Planning Portal has introduced the following form for the new notification and prior approval process under Part 3 Class K of the GPDO:

  • Prior Approval of Proposed Change of Use to State Funded School (pdf) (link).

The Planning Portal has introduced the following form for the new notification and prior approval process under Part 3 Class M of the GPDO:

  • Prior Approval of Proposed Change of Use of Agricultural Building to a flexible use within Shops, Financial and Professional services, Restaurants and Cafes, Business, Storage or Distribution, Hotels, or Assembly or Leisure (pdf) (link).

The following should be noted:

  • The Planning Portal has stated that there are no "Guidance Notes" for the above forms.
  • The submission of a form for these processes is optional, as the legislation does not require that the developer submits a form.
  • In my opinion, LPAs will have to be very careful about concluding that the information provided by the developer does not constitute a notification in accordance with the requirements of the legislation. For example, if the developer doesn't complete the whole of section 4 or section 6 of the above forms, then the LPA must not automatically deem the notification to be "invalid" on this basis.