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New changes of use: agricultural buildings or shops to houses

New government rules have just been introduced allowing changes of use without having to make a full planning application. A change of use of an agricultural building and the land around it to residential is now allowed, together with the … Continue reading

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National practice guidance launched

Government guidance, used for deciding planning applications and appeals and for making plans, has been revamped and published on a new website. The interactive guidance replaces 7,000 pages of documents some of which went back to the 1970s and 80s. … Continue reading

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Building tax removed on self-build and extension planning permissions

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a tax on development imposed by some councils when planning permission is given. Changes came into effect on 24 February taking self-build houses and domestic annexes and extensions out of the scope of the tax. … Continue reading

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When Do You Need Planning Permission?

Courtesy of Newark & Sherwood District Council Planning is a complex world and, if you have had no experience with it, it can seem overwhelming. A common question that people have in relation to planning is whether they need planning … Continue reading

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New proposals to allow changes of use without planning applications

The government is carrying out consultation until 15 October on allowing certain additional changes of use without having to make a planning application. These are: Change of use and associated works from small shop or professional/financial services (A1 and A2 … Continue reading

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New measures to streamline planning permission

New rules come into effect on 25 June intended to simplify planning applications. Currently, design and access statements are required for many applications, including small-scale ones.  In future, only major applications – for example, 10 or more dwellings or buildings … Continue reading

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Reduced guidance good news for planning consultants

The government has announced it is to reduce technical guidance on planning permission issues. Accepting the recommendations of a review carried out last year, the government is to publish reduced guidance and, at the same time, abolish existing guidance. The … Continue reading

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Planning permission for larger house extensions

Regulations due to come into effect on 30 May will allow larger extensions to homes (as well as offices and shops) without needing to submit a planning application. The additional size limits will go from 4 to 8 metres for … Continue reading

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Changes of use without planning application

A number of new automatic planning permission rights are due to come into force on 30 May. Change of use of existing office buildings to homes will be allowed. This right will not apply to specified parts of 17 councils’ … Continue reading

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New act passed amending the planning permission system

The Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 became law on 25 April. Permitted development rules are being changed to allow ‘uncontentious, small-scale extensions’ to be built without a planning application, subject to consultation with neighbours (see subsequent post). Information requirements for … Continue reading

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