Changes to planning on horizon
The Government is currently consulting on proposals which they feel will simplify the planning system.
Published Wednesday, 15 August 2012
These are intended to make it simpler and quicker for businesses to start up or move premises without the need for planning permission.
The Government's consultation is proposing the following key actions:
- to create permitted development rights to assist change of use from existing buildings used for agricultural purposes to uses supporting rural growth
- to increase the thresholds for permitted development rights for change of use between B1 (business/office) and B8 (warehouse) classes and from B2 (industry) to B1 and B8
- to introduce a permitted development right to allow the temporary use for two years, where the use is low impact, without the need for planning permission
- to provide C1 (hotels, boarding and guest houses) permitted development rights to convert to C3 (dwelling houses) without the need for planning permission and
- to consider if any updates or amendments are needed to the existing descriptions within the use classes order
More details can be found on the Communities.gov website.