Reform of the Planning System - Proposed Amendments to Increased Permitted Development

Closed 30 Mar 2020

Opened 3 Feb 2020


The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on proposed changes to secondary legislation to enable certain types of development to take place without the need for a specific planning application (sometimes called ‘Permitted Development’). 

Why We Are Consulting

Feedback from this consultation will be helpful in shaping the final content and wording of the legislation.

Part 1 of the consultation focusses on minor alterations to existing sites and buildings (outside Conservation Areas) which could help to reduce carbon emissions, including:

  • Air Source Heat Pumps;
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Points;
  • Replacement Conservatory Roofs;
  • Solar Panels; and 
  • Cycle Shelters.

A proposed clarification in relation to household extensions and parking is also proposed.

Part 2 of the consultation proposes improvements to the changes of use which are allowed as permitted development including:

  • expanding some of the town centre areas covered by Permitted Development for changes of use; and
  • clarifying the requirements for windows with an outlook for changes to flats

A consultation guide and more detailed information on the context for these changes and how they will be made is available separately as part of this consultation.

Paper Copies

If you wish to complete a paper copy of this consultation, please use the Response Form

Completed copies should be submitted on or before the closing date to:

Steve Butler
Head of Development Management  
Planning and Building Control Directorate
1st Floor Murray House
Mount Havelock


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