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Find Out How You Can Benefit From New Planning Rights

30th May 2013 saw the Government introduce a raft of new regulations extending permitted development rights for home owners, office conversions, temporary uses for redundant agricultural buildings, and change of use of commercial buildings falling within specific use classes. The changes to the General Permitted Development Order, which include new rules to allow office buildings to be converted to residential use without planning permission and increased limits for householder extensions, are now in force. The measures also include new rules to enable the conversion of existing buildings such as offices, hotels, care homes, cinemas and concert halls to state-funded schools without the need for planning consent (see full list of key changes below). All of these measures are intended to … Continue reading

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More moves to speed up the planning system

Department for Communities and Local Government have announced their intention to introduce more measures to speed up the planning system and to support sustainable development.  These proposed measures will include the following: a relaxation of the Use Classes Order to make it easier to re-use existing agricultural, retail and commercial buildings without the need to submit a planning application; cutting the amount of information to support planning applications; reviewing the 6,000 pages of supporting planning guidance; speeding up the process for determining appeals; updating local council planning application fees in line with inflation; ensuring councils whose planning decisions are in line with an up to date local plan are not ordinarily liable for costs if their decision is appealed; changes … Continue reading

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