The NPPF starts to bite

    Consultation on changes to permitted development

    As part of the Government’s ‘Planning Simplification Measures’, announced on 3 July, are consultation proposals to widen the scope of permitted development rights - allowing changes of use without planning permission, including the following:

    • To allow for the change of use of agricultural buildings to ‘uses supporting rural growth’. This includes changes (without planning permission) to: Class A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional services), and A3 (restaurants and cafes); Class B1 (Business) and B8 (storage and distribution); Class C1 (Hotels); and Class D2 (Assembly and Leisure).
    • To double the thresholds (to 470sqm) for changes of use between B1 (business/office) and B8 (warehouse) classes and from B2 (industry) to B1 and B8 without planning permission.
    • To allow a temporary use of property for two years (‘where the use is low impact’) without the need for planning permission. These could be on high streets for retail and other Class A uses, offices, and non-residential institution uses.
    • To allow C1 uses (hotels, boarding and guest houses) to convert to C3 use (dwellinghouses) without the need for planning permission.
    • To consider if any updates or amendments are needed to the existing descriptions within the use classes order.

    The suggested changes would, if implemented, have the potential to significantly change our towns and countryside, without requiring planning permission. How far these changes will be implemented following the consultation is another matter.

    The consultation period runs until 11 September. Read the consultation paper (external website).


    Key contacts

    Nick Matthews

    Nick Matthews


    Savills Bristol

    +44 (0) 1179 100 364

    +44 (0) 1179 100 364


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