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What are Permitted Development Rights?

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Permitted Development Rights are rights to make certain changes to a building without the need to apply for planning permission.  They derive from a general planning permission granted by Parliament rather than from permission granted by the Local Planning Authority.

Permitted Development Rights can cover building operations such as extensions, but can also cover the change of use of a building.

Permitted Development Rights do not apply in all areas where the Local Planning Authority may have applied to remove them. This is likely in areas such as conservation areas, a National Park and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for example.

The Town and Country Planning (Permitted Development, Advertisement and Compensation Amendments) (England) Regulations 2019 came into force on 25th May 2019 and has resulted in expanded Permitted Development Rights, potentially giving Developers greater ability to modify existing buildings without having to obtain planning permission.

This latest amendment to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 contains some key changes. Most notably a new Permitted Development Right for A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional services) and A5 (hot food takeaways), betting shops, payday loan shops and launderettes to change to B1 (offices) and a new Permitted Development Right to allow A5 (hot food takeaways) to change to residential.

For further information on this topic, or for help and advice on all aspects of commercial property or residential development, contact Talbots Law on 0800 118 1500, or email Emma Hipkiss.