By pps-planning, Apr 21 2016 07:23PM
The Government has published new technical guidance on the Government website. Click here
'Permitted development ' rights allow householders to improve and extend their homes without the need to apply for planning permission where that would be out of proportion with the impact of works carried out.
This technical guidance has been produced to help homeowners understand how they can exercise their rights to carry out development while protecting the interests of their neighbours and the wider environment. It is designed to be used by anyone who wants to understand more about the detailed rules on householder permitted development and the terms used in those rules.
PPS Planning welcomes the new guidance but is concerned that the guidance is not an easy read and is not well presented. The Government's Planning Portal is easier to understand and the service is free. However, homeowners should be aware that in some areas, rights may be restricted (for example if your property is listed or if your rights have been removed by your Council or by the original planning permission). If you are in any doubt, seek professional advice before you start. PPS Planning can help.
Homeowners should also be aware that when you sell your property you may need proof that your extension is lawful. PPS Planning can help you with an application for a Lawful Development Certificate.