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Government issues new permitted development rights

The Government has now released details of the proposed changes to the planning system, which include a suite of radical changes to the Use Classes Order and permitted development rights.

The Use Classes Order will be updated to provide two new use classes; Class E (commercial, business and services) and Class F (local community and learning).  As a result of these changes Class A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional services), Class A3 (food and drink), Class B1(business), Class D1 (non-residential institution) and Class D2 (assembly and leisure) are revoked. 

Furthermore, other changes have been provided, which will now see a number of uses that were formerly part of a use class now being Sui Generis (i.e. falling outside of any use class), such as pubs, takeaways and other certain uses.

These changes take effect from the 1st September and will have a subsequent impact on permitted development rights, especially Part 3 (changes of use). 

In relation to permitted development rights and as previously muted by the Government, from the 31st August 2020, new regulations will be adopted that will provide for the following:

  • enlargements of dwellinghouses through the construction of additional storeys
  • new dwellinghouses on detached buildings in commercial or mixed use
  • new dwellinghouses on terrace buildings in commercial or mixed use
  • new dwellinghouses on terrace buildings in use as dwellinghouses
  • new dwellinghouses on detached buildings in use as dwellinghouses
  • the demolition of buildings and construction of new dwellinghouses

For further information please contact Matthew Garvey.

For more information call 01622776226 or email:

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