6th February 2012 is the day that the long-awaited revision of householder permitted development came into force.
The new Order amends the “General Permitted Development Order” by modernising permitted development for householders, and has the effect of increasing the amount of development within the grounds of existing houses which will fall within the “permitted” categories. This goes back to the Government’s aim of reducing un-necessary regulation in the planning system and thereby focussing Council resources on more important development which has the potential for greater environmental impact. Up until now, permitted development did not apply to flats, but the new Order now introduces limited permitted development to flats.“Permitted development” is minor development for which planning permission is automatically granted by the “General Permitted Development Order”, thereby removing the need to formally obtain planning permission. It is usually minor works which are unlikely to have an adverse impact on neighbours or the environment.
The main changes include :This is an overview of householder permitted development – for detail call us, or look at the legislation (link below). The Order is split into eleven separate classes, each of which has a list of “exclusions”. Few of the permitted development rights apply in conservation areas and within the curtilages of listed buildings.
- Enlargements of a house behind the “principal elevation” (which is the front or side wall fronting a road) often does not now need planning permission. There are height limits, size curtailments near boundaries, and in terms of the amount of the overall curtilage taken up by the development. Single and multi-storey extensions get separate classes.
- Porches are an exception to the “principal elevation” rule mentioned above, which are now permitted up to a footprint of 3 sq. m; a height of 3m; and provided it is no less than 2m from a boundary that fronts a road.
- Roof alterations are now permitted, with a number of exceptions which include not on front or side elevations that face roads, not on a roof plane which is within 10m of a boundary, not higher than the height of the highest part of the existing dwellinghouse (except chimneys), and not within 0.3m of the edge of the roof plane.
- Access ramps are now permitted up to 5m in length, up to a combined height of 9m (including landings), any part cannot exceed 0.4m, and the overall height including fence, wall, handrail etc. cannot exceed 1.5m. Like porches, these can be on the front of the house.
- Other alterations to a house (without enlargening it) can be done within a 1m “bubble”. For example, satellite dishes and solar panels will often not need permission. There are exceptions such as wind turbines and balconies.
- There are separate rules for decking, porches and driveways, and gates and fences. Notable is that fences and walls can now be built up to 2m in height, or 1m in height in front of an elevation fronting a road or on a road boundary. At long last the old 20m rule has gone!
- There are some limited permitted development rights to alter and improve, but not enlarge flatted properties.
See the Order itself at : http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2011/357/pdfs/ssi_20110357_en.pdf