Category Archives: IMPORTANT

IMPORTANT: DCLG has updated its “Planning Practice Guidance” website to include a new section relating to Part 3 Classes M, MA, and MB of the GPDO …

On 05/03/2015, DCLG updated its "Planning Practice Guidance" website to include the following new section relating to Part 3 Classes M, MA, and MB of the GPDO: Continue reading

IMPORTANT: The government publishes consultation (until 26/09/2014) on a wide range of planning proposals, including proposed changes to the GPDO and the Use Classes Order …

[UPDATE: For the subsequent government "response" to this consultation, please view the following posts:
- This post for the "response" document with respect to the GPDO and the Use Classes Order.

- This post for the "response" document with respect to the deemed discharge of planning conditions.
- This post for the "response" document with respect to the use of planning conditions.

- This post for the "response" document with respect to changes to Development Consent Orders for nationally significant infrastructure projects.
- This post for the "response" document with respect to the consent process for nationally significant infrastructure projects.

- This post for the "response" document with respect to neighbourhood planning.
- This post for the "response" document with respect to environmental impact assessments.
- This post for the "response" document with respect to planning application processes.]

The government has published the following consultation, which runs for 8 weeks from 31/07/2014 until 26/09/2014: Continue reading

IMPORTANT: There appears to be a major loophole within the GPDO that would allow virtually any C3 house (or flat) to be converted (over time) into multiple C3 flats without planning permission from the Council …

[UPDATE: For the subsequent legislation relating to this loophole, please view this post].

There appears to be a major loophole within the GPDO that would allow virtually any C3 house (or flat) to be converted (over time) into multiple C3 flats without planning permission from the Council, as detailed below:

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IMPORTANT: Information from DCLG about how to interpret Part 1 paragraph A.4(2A) of the GPDO …

In response to a series of emails from the Planning Jungle website, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has provided the following information about how to interpret Part 1 paragraph A.4(2A) of the GPDO.  Please note that this information is also relevant to the equivalent provision within Part 3 paragraph N(2A) of the GPDO. Continue reading

IMPORTANT: DCLG has updated its “Permitted Development for Householders – Technical Guidance” document (April 2014) …

[NOTE: For other updates to the "Technical Guidance" document, please view the following posts:
- This post for the January 2013 updates.
- This post and this post for the October 2013 updates.
- This post for the April 2014 updates.
- This post for the April 2016 updates.
- This post for the April 2017 updates.]

Introduction:

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has updated its "Permitted Development for Householders - Technical Guidance" document. As such, the current and previous versions of the "Technical Guidance" document are now as follows: Continue reading

IMPORTANT: The “Part 1 of the GPDO – Larger Rear Extensions – Guide” document has been updated to incorporate the new SI 2014 No. 564 …

The "Part 1 of the GPDO – Larger Rear Extensions – Guide" document has been updated to incorporate the new SI 2014 No. 564 (i.e. the amendments to Part 1 Class A of the GPDO coming into force on 06/04/2014).  The main updates to the above document are summarised below: Continue reading

IMPORTANT: New Legislation – Amendments to Other Parts of the GPDO (06/04/2014) …

[UPDATE: The information on this page has subsequently been incorporated into the "Other Parts of the GPDO – Summary of Amendments since 2013" page].

The following 2 new Statutory Instruments (SIs) come into force on 06/04/2014:

New Legislation: Continue reading

IMPORTANT: New Legislation – Amendments to Part 1 of the GPDO (06/04/2014) …

[UPDATE: The information on this page has subsequently been incorporated into the "Part 1 of the GPDO – Summary of Amendments since 2013" page].

The following 1 new Statutory Instrument (SI) comes into force on 06/04/2014:

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IMPORTANT: DCLG launches its “Planning Practice Guidance” website …

On 06/03/2014, DCLG launched the following "Planning Practice Guidance" website:

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IMPORTANT: The Planning Inspectorate has advised its Inspectors that an HMO can benefit from Part 1 of the GPDO …

The following document has recently appeared on the Planning Portal website:

  • Advice produced by the Planning Inspectorate for use by its Inspectors - 15 January 2014 - Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and Permitted Development Rights (pdf).

UPDATE: The above document appeared on the Planning Portal website in January 2014 (and was available via this link), but was subsequently removed in 2015-2016. As such, it's difficult to know what weight should now be given to the above document. Continue reading

IMPORTANT: DCLG has updated its “Permitted Development for Householders – Technical Guidance” document (October 2013) to remove the reference to basements …

[NOTE: For other updates to the "Technical Guidance" document, please view the following posts:
- This post for the January 2013 updates.
- This post and this post for the October 2013 updates.
- This post for the April 2014 updates.
- This post for the April 2016 updates.
- This post for the April 2017 updates.]

Introduction:

Since the “Permitted Development for Householders – Technical Guidance” document was updated in October 2013, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has made further updates to this document on (at least) two separate occasions, but without changing the date of this document. This means that there are now three separate versions of the “Technical Guidance” document dated "October 2013". As such, the current and previous versions of the "Technical Guidance" document are now as follows: Continue reading

IMPORTANT: 20 “Prior Approval Appeals” have been added to the “Part 1 of the GPDO – Appeal Decision Summaries” document …

20 appeal decisions relating to applications for prior approval under Part 1 of the GPDO have now been added to the "Part 1 of the GPDO - PRIOR APPROVAL Appeal Decisions" document on this website. These 20 appeals cover the period from 13/09/2013 to 14/11/2013, and should represent almost all (if not all) such appeals that have been determined so far.

The conclusions of these 20 appeals are listed within the new "Notification and prior approval process" topic within the above document.  As always, within the above document members can view the full details of all of these appeals (including the appeal decision notices) for no extra cost.  In addition, a summary of these conclusions is provided below:

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IMPORTANT: DCLG has updated its “Permitted Development for Householders – Technical Guidance” document (October 2013) …

[NOTE: For other updates to the "Technical Guidance" document, please view the following posts:
- This post for the January 2013 updates.
- This post and this post for the October 2013 updates.
- This post for the April 2014 updates.
- This post for the April 2016 updates.
- This post for the April 2017 updates.]

Introduction:

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has updated its "Permitted Development for Householders - Technical Guidance" document. As such, the current and previous versions of the "Technical Guidance" document are now as follows: Continue reading

IMPORTANT: “GPDO 1995 (Consolidated)” – updated to incorporate additional amendments to Part 31 from 01/10/2013 onwards …

The "GPDO 1995 (Consolidated)" document on this website has been updated to incorporate the following new Statutory Instrument (SI), which made additional amendments to Part 31 (Demolition of buildings) from 01/10/2013 onwards: Continue reading

IMPORTANT: New Legislation – Checklist for LPAs …

This post provides a checklist of the main types of issues that LPAs should review before the 11 new SIs come into force on 01/10/2013: Continue reading

IMPORTANT: New Legislation – Group 1 of 4 – CONSERVATION AREA CONSENT …

This group of new legislation relates to CONSERVATION AREA CONSENT.

GROUP 1 OF 4 - New Legislation - 4 new Statutory Instruments (SIs):

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