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Changes to the General Permitted Development Order (England) (GPDO)

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On the 6th April this year, the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment and Consequential Provisions) (England) Order 2014 (the Order) came into force, the purpose of which was to amend the GPDO.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO) sets out a number of classes of minor development that are permitted subject to the exceptions, limitations and conditions mentioned within the order. Provided development is carried out in accordance with the terms of the order, no application for planning permission needs to be made to the local authority.

Please note, however, that under the order, local planning authorities can remove permitted development rights using what is know as an Article 4 direction. Please be aware that the GPDO does not affect the need for consents other than planning permission, i.e. listed buildings and conservation area consents.

The order amended the GPDO in relation to permitted development rights for dwelling houses and also introduced a number of new permitted development rights for change of use.

  • new Class CA has been created and now allows a building used as a shop to be used as a building society, credit union, bank or a friendly society;
  • the introduction of a new Class IA will allow buildings used as shops or for the provision of financial or professional services to change to residential use;
  • existing class K is now enlarged to allow buildings used for a variety of uses to become used as nurseries;
  • the new Class MA will allow agricultural buildings to become schools or nurseries; and
  • new Class MB allows agricultural buildings to change to residential use.

 Please note that conditions, limitations and restrictions will apply to each of these new rights and the prior approval of the local planning authority will be required for certain matters.

 By Michael Cheetham, Commercial property paralegal

 For further information please do not hesitate to contact our Commercial Property Team on 01616 966 229.