Greater Flexibility Given to Owners of Residential and Commercial Properties as Temporary PD Rights made Permanent

25 May 2019

Homeowners will be able to extend their properties quickly and easily without the need for a full planning application under rules made permanent today (25 May 2019).

Following its introduction in 2013, in a wide-reaching package of reforms, rights allowing larger home extensions have been made permanent. Additionally, in response to the changing trends on the high street, restrictive planning rules have also been axed, ensuring that business owners can respond quickly to these trends.

Today’s news gives homeowners certainty to make plans to extend their homes this summer (subject to size and site constraints) without the need for full planning permission, while providing consideration of the impact on neighbours.

As part of the reforms, permitted development rights will also give business owners on the high street greater flexibility as they respond to changing trends in customer spending. Subject to site constraints, shops will now be able to change to office space without the need for a full planning application, bringing skilled professionals and their disposable income back to the high street helping to support neighbouring traders by increasing local footfall. To help deliver a greater mix of uses on the high street, the changes also allow the temporary change of use from high street uses such shops, offices, and betting shops to certain community uses such as a library or public hall.

For further advice on whether or not planning permission is required for your proposed extension or change of use, please do not hesitate to contact the planning team here at Ridge details below;

High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP said:

This fantastic news joins our £675 million Future High Streets Fund and our High Streets Task Force in ensuring our country’s high streets are fit to thrive not just now, but in the years to come.

Giving greater certainty to property owners and the wider industry, it will also help businesses adjust to the changing needs of the consumer.

The move builds upon changes to the law which allow business owners to change the use of buildings from takeaways to new homes without undergoing a full planning application.