Changes to Permitted Development

13th March, 2018 by Natasha in General

Housing Minister, Dominic Raab, has confirmed a range of amendments to permitted development rights that will allow rural communities to be given more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes.  

The proposed changes seek to allow the change of use of agricultural buildings to provide up to 5 new homes, and allow for:

•    up to 3 larger homes within a maximum of 465 square metres or
•    up to 5 smaller homes each no larger than 100 square metres or
•    a mix of both, within a total of no more than 5 homes, of which no more than 3 may be larger homes

According to a statement issued by The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, “currently several hundred new homes each year are created through conversions of agricultural buildings, and these changes are expected to boost these numbers further.”  

The changes to permitted development go further; There has been anticipation that the government may potentially extend the PD right under Class P; residential conversion of buildings used for storage within Use Class B8.  The final deadline for the commencement of projects required all developments of this type to be completed by 15 April 2018, and if not then this permitted development right would lapse.  However the announced Change in relation to Class P, shows development under this class will now be granted prior approval before the 10 June 2019, and completed within a 3 year period form the prior approval date.

It was also announced that changes would be made to PD rights for the erection/extensions/alterations of agricultural buildings would be implemented.  On agricultural holdings of 5 hectares or more, under Part 6, the changes will enable buildings of up to 1,000 sq m to be erected (in place of the current limit of 465 sq m).  For holdings of under 5 hectares existing buildings can be extended up to 1,000 sq m providing the cubic content of the original building would increase by no more than 20%. 

The rights will still be subject to conditions and limitations to control impact and will be subject to a prior determination process where required. It is proposed that the new regulations (The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Oder 2018) will come into force on 6th April 2018.

To discuss your permitted development opportunities please contact your local Acorus office.

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