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What is Permitted Development (in the UK) and who can benefit?

Rules, Regulations and Laws can change on a regular basis and from area to area and Permitted Development is no different.  The following information was provided in good faith by a third party some time ago, however, we strongly recommend that you do your own research both locally and nationally (such as Permitted Development Rights from the Planning Portal) to ascertain the current situation, prior to undertaking any work or projects.  

An extensive range of new buildings, extensions, enhancements and alterations are available to most properties without any need for formal planning permission, including properties in the normally severely restricted “Green Belt” and “Flood Plain”.

Many property developers are aware of these complex laws of “Permitted Development” and quietly use them to their advantage. For the average home owner though, the significant benefits and opportunities available under these complex laws remains a mystery.

      The complex laws of permitted development are planning laws that have been passed by Parliament rather than the Local Authority. Planning permissions are achieved through the issuing of a “Lawful Development Certificate” by the Local Authority and the permission granted is full planning permission, achieved through the permitted development route.

        The highly restrictive Government policies used to determine formal planning applications, simply do not apply to proposals submitted under the permitted development laws via the Lawful Development Certificate (LDC) route.

        Planning approvals achieved through permitted development typically take between 4-8 weeks, unlike formal planning applications which can take several months for a decision to be made.

        In many cases, we have been able to achieve full planning permission through permitted development, for proposals that had been previously refused when submitted through the formal planning permission route.  

    When you apply for planning permission through permitted development, you are not required to advertise your proposal in any way, nor are your neighbours notified of the proposal at any stage. This is because the application is dealt with using planning laws only, and therefore many of the usual restrictions and requirements do not apply.

        The planning permissions achieved through permitted development (LDC) carry no expiry limitations, unlike formal planning permission which typically expires within 3 or 5 years.

        Permitted development planning permission has been successfully used for many moderate extensions, as well as full loft conversions including rear dormer windows. However most of our approvals are for substantial detached single storey buildings located within the garden. These buildings can cover 50% of the total garden and be used in a wide variety of ways including, guest annex, home office, summerhouse, gym, garage, stable, workshop, storage, music or hobby rooms and many other uses that you may decide upon.

        Once your permitted development application has been approved, if so desired, you can then use it as significant leverage with the Local Authority as a trade off, to help gain a larger or more ambitious formal planning application approved. The LDC may be the “material consideration” needed for a formal planning application to ultimately be approved. 

        Most property types are eligible for permitted development, though restrictions do typically apply to flats, listed buildings and properties within conservation areas.


Please check the information supplied with other sources.


This article was originally contributed by pdsuk.net, however, it would appear this site is no longer online.



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