Some Major Changes to Permitted Development Rights Are Coming…


Everyone in the world of planning will have worked with the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995. The end of an era is almost upon us as….

Earlier this week the Government laid the Town and County Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 before Parliament.

It contains a number of updates, with 22 amendments and will replace the 1995 Order from 15th April 2015 onwards in England. It also consolidates the numerous amendments which have been made to the 1995 Order over the last 20 years and reorganises its content.

Despite the Department for Communities and Local Government consulting on the continuation of the office to residential change of use beyond May 2016, the permitted development right (Class O – Page 38 of the Order) has not been extended. However, a number of important new and important permitted development rights have been inserted in Part 3 of Schedule 2 (Changes of Use) including:

  • The conversion of retail premises to restaurants / cafes (Class C – Page 29);
  • The conversion of retail premises to assembly and leisure (Class J – Page 33);
  • The conversion of sui generis casinos or amusement arcades to dwellinghouses (Class N – Page 37); and
  • The conversion of storage or distribution premises to dwellinghouses (Class P – Page 39).

A full PDF copy of the 2015 (General Permitted Development) Order can be found here:

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In addition to the above legislation coming into force in mid-April, The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010 has been consolidated, amended and published as a 2015 version. This sets out all of the rules governing making planning applications and determining them, lodging appeals and discharging conditions.

A full PDF copy of the 2015 (Development Management Procedure) Order can be found here: 

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