General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) – it’s all changing!

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In the past month the Department for Communities and Local Government have replaced the much altered 1995 GPDO with a consolidated version – the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (SI2015 No. 596). This new order came into force on 15th April 2015 and consolidates the previous alterations that have been made. It also introduces further changes that the government have been promising for the best part of a year!

But what does this mean for you?

The main changes made by the new GDPO include:

  • The date for the expiry of permitted development right for larger home extensions has been extended and will now expire on 30 May 2019.
  • The previous time-limit for extensions to non-domestic premises (offices, shops, industrial buildings and schools etc) have been made permanent.
  • A number of new permitted development rights which involve:
  • the conversion of retail premises to restaurants / cafes;
  • the existing permitted development to convert a shop to a deposit-taker is replaced by a wider right to convert a shop (or a betting office) to a premises providing financial and professional services;
  • the conversion of retail premises to assembly and leisure
  • The conversion of casinos or amusement arcades to dwellinghouses;
  • The conversion of premises used from storage or distribution centre uses to dwellinghouses;
  • A new permitted development right for temporary use of building and land for commercial film-making;
  • A new permitted development right has been included for the provision of click and collection facilities within the curtilage of a shop and for increasing the size of loading bays for shops and permitted development for the extension etc of buildings used for waste facilities; and
  • A new permitted development right for the installation of solar PV panels, with a generating capacity of up to 1 MW on the roofs of non-domestic buildings.

Keep an eye out for further changes and get in touch if you want to know more!