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