The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 comes into force on the 15th April 2015. As well as consolidating a number of previous amending orders, the 2015 Order makes the following main alterations:
- For three years there will be a right to change from a storage and distribution use (B8) to residential use (C3) subject to prior approval.
- Amusement arcades and casinos (currently sui generis) will be able to change to residential and carry out limited works to enable this.
- The previously time limited right for larger rear extensions to dwellinghouses is to be extended for a further three years to May 2019.
- Betting offices and pay day loan shops will become sui generis.
- Change of use from shop (A1) and finance and leisure (A2) uses to A3 will be permitted and there will be limited rights to build extension and extraction units, subject to prior approval.
- Change of use will be permitted from A1 and A2 to assembly and leisure uses (D2).
- There will be a right for shops to erect 'click and collect' facilities.
- There will be rights for shops to modify existing loading bays.
- Permitted development rights are introduced for temporary filming.
- There will be new permitted development rights for the instillation of solar panels on non-domestic buildings.
- The existing time limited rights to extend shops, offices and industrial warehouse buildings will be made permanent.
- New rights are introduced to replace plant and machinery on existing waste management sites.
- There are new permitted development rights for sewerage undertakers.
While the new order is generally more liberal in its grant of permitted development rights, all of the above changes are subject to detailed limitations and requirement.