PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS
The construction of new buildings or a
fundamental change of use of premises will, in most cases, require planning
However, there are some forms of development, which do not require planning consent, or are granted consent by statute or other statutory instrument.
For example, planning permission is not
generally needed for internal alterations to buildings that do not affect their
for small external works, or most works of repair and maintenance. Limited changes of use may also be permitted.
The main guidance is contained in:-
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 [GPDO] as amended by the
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (
Town and Country Planning (Use Classes Order) 1987 [UCO]
HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK TO ENSURE THAT PERMISSION IS NOT NEEDED FOR THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT.
Your permitted development rights may have been removed by the Council issuing an Article 4 Direction. This will mean that you need to apply for planning permission to carry out the work that would otherwise have been permitted without consent.
If you are at all uncertain, or need
formal confirmation that work can be carried out without obtaining planning
you can request a 'determination' from the Council by writing to them with details of the proposal.