31 July 2014 Consultation on further planning reforms

Proposals unveiled today by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are proposed in a wide-ranging technical consultation on planning,

The proposals include;

  • Extending permitted development rights allowing a change of use from offices B1(a) to residential (C3) – including amended prior approval process for the permitted development right after May 2016.
  • New ‘deemed discharge’ power proposed to speed planning conditions sign-off – developers would be able to use a new ‘deemed discharge’ measure if councils do not respond to their requests to sign off planning conditions within a ‘reasonable time
  • Major change of use permitted development extension proposals – Plans to allow light industrial and warehouse buildings, launderettes, amusement arcades, casinos and nightclubs to convert to residential use without the need for planning permission
  • Councils should have 10 weeks to decide neighbourhood plan area applications – Applications by groups wanting to embark on the neighbourhood planning process should be dealt with by local authorities within 10 weeks

It should be stressed that this is a consultation stage only which runs until 26th September 2014.  The consultation document can be found here: