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New amendments to the GPDO

The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development, Advertisement and Compensation Amendments) (England) Regulations 2019 [2019 No. 907] were made by the Government on 2nd May and will subsequently take effect on 25th May 2019.

Part 2 of the Regulations sets out the amendments in full to the GPDO.  A summary of some of the significant changes has been set out below:

  • Part 1, Class A (extensions, alterations to a dwellinghouse) – The larger domestic extensions are amended by omitting the words “until 30th May 2019” in paragraph A.1(g), and other minor changes to make this class of Permitted Development permanent. This amendment also removes the requirement for the developer to notify the Local Planning Authority of the completion of the development;
  • Part 3, Class JA [Change of Use of shops (A1), financial and professional (A2) or takeaway (A5) or betting office, pay day loan shop or laundrette to Class B1(a) offices] – An initial review of this new class outlines that there is a qualifying date of 29th October 2018 for the existing use and an overall floorspace limit of 500sqm.  Prior approval is required in respect of transport, noise and the availability in the area of services of the sort that were provided by the pre-existing use;
  • Part 3, Class M (Change of use of shops and financial/professional services to residential) – There has been an insertion of Use Class A5 takeaways into the pre-existing uses that can be changed to residential;
  • Part 3, Class Q (Change of use from agriculture to residential) – The amendments provide clarification that any single dwellinghouse developed under Class Q must not exceed 465sqm.  It would appear on the face of it, that this just reinforces the fact that any larger dwellinghouse must not exceed this threshold.  The amendments do not appear to alter the cumulative floorspace that could be developed under Class Q through a mixture of smaller and larger dwellinghouses;
  • Paragraph W – The Regulations now refer to the February 2019 version of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in place of the original (2012) version. The same amendment is made elsewhere in the General Permitted Development Order where references were previously made to the older version of the NPPF;
  • Part 4, Class D (Temporary use of various business premises) – This section has been amended by enlarging the uses to which a specified business premises can be changed to include, in addition to those previously listed, Class D1(a) (the provision of any medical or health services except the use of premises attached to the residence of the consultant or practitioner), Class D1(d) (the display of works of art (otherwise than for sale or hire)), Class D1(e) (museum), Class D1(f) (public library or public reading room), or Class D1(g) (public hall or exhibition hall). The single period during which the premises can be put to another use under this Class of PD is also extended from 2 years to 3 years.

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