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Permitted Development Rights 

What is Permitted Development? How to get Permitted Development?

Not all building work requires planning permission. Home-owners often seek to create additional living space, adding significant value to their homes in the process. However, there are limits to what one can build under permitted development.


All works to a property that are considered development require planning permission. However, some development is permitted without the requirement to submit a formal planning application as it is granted automatically under Article 3 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995.


This means that you are able to make certain minor changes to your house without needing to apply for planning permission. These are your "permitted development rights" and are described in full in this guide. Permitted development rights are universal across all local authorities as they derive from a general planning permission granted by the government. 


Permitted development rights are set out in Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2008, otherwise known as "permitted development" (PD).

Please note: permitted development rights only apply to houses and do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. you will need full planning permission for all works to a flat or maisonette. Read more...

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Drawing and Planning offer a unique all-inclusive permitted development package where we handle your application from start to finish. A permitted development application must be accompanied by scaled architectural drawings which clearly outline the existing property and proposed development. We compile all the necessary drawings and handle your entire application, ensuring you do not exceed the permitted development rights.


Please read below to see if your proposals falls under permitted development, or contact us for further information.


Permitted Development Rights


The rules of what is 'permitted development' changed with effect from the 1st October 2008.

Under the new regulations an extension or addition to your home is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to the following limits and conditions:

  • No more than half the area of land around the "original house"* would be covered by additions or other buildings.

  • No extension forward of the principal elevation or side elevation fronting a highway.

  • No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof.

  • Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house.

  • Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres.

  • Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor.

  • Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house.

  • Two-storey extensions no closer than seven metres to rear boundary.

  • Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house. 

  • Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres.

  • Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house.

  • Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house.

  • No verandas, balconies or raised platforms.

  • Upper-floor, side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor.

On designated land* no permitted development for rear extensions of more than one storey.

On designated land no cladding of the exterior.

On designated land no side extensions.



* The term "original house" means the house as it was first built or as it stood on 1 July 1948 (if it was built before that date). Although you may not have built an extension to the house, a previous owner may have done so.


* Designated land includes national parks and the Broads, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, conservation areas and World Heritage Sites.



In some areas of the country, known generally as 'designated areas', permitted development rights are more restricted. If you live in a Conservation Area, a National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Norfolk or Suffolk Broads, you will need to apply for planning permission for certain types of work which do not need an application in other areas.


Withdrawn Permitted Development Rights 


You should also note that the local planning authority may have removed some of your permitted development rights by issuing an Article 4 direction. This will mean that you have to submit a planning application for work which normally does not need one.

Article 4 directions are made when the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened. They are most common in conservation areas. You will probably know if your property is affected by such a direction, but you can check with the local planning authority if you are not sure.



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Planning Reforms Going Down a Bad Road, Says Motion, 2013-11-10

Sir Andrew Motion has accused the government’s planning reforms of having a direct correlation to the increase in vandalism of the countryside. Sir Andrew is a rural campaigner and a former poet laureate, turned activist when it comes to planning reforms that could potentially harm the environment and the landscapes of the United Kingdom. Sir Andrew has insisted that the current planning reforms are allowing too much of the beautiful landscapes in the country to be ploughed over and replaced with buildings and developments. Sir Andrews main argument is that one day the landscapes will be no more than memories, pages in a book. The changes made by the coalition to the planning permissions have caused nearly all development to be seen not only as acceptable, but as a good thing for the country. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is concerned about how the relaxation of planning laws is failing local communities and causing harm to local landscapes and is urging the public and politicians to make moves for change. Sir Andrew made his comments publicly in the most recent report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The report cited the government as being desperate and found that the loosened planning controls may have helped the government to fuel economic growth but it has been done at the expense of the countryside. One of the report’s main target arguments showed that the reforms the government has made to planning permissions are currently posing a threat to national parks and other landscapes throughout the countryside in England. The ministers were accused of making repeated promises to continue protection for these landscapes and parks but the desecration of these lands has continued. Sir Andrew indicated that English countryside is of invaluable importance to the history and future of England and that development in these areas is unacceptable and unnecessary. Sir Andrew did indicate that he does not believe that the government is purposely attempting to ruin the landscapes of the countryside. However, he indicated in the same comments that inadequate protections from development in these areas means that someday there may not be any countryside left to enjoy, and all the history and culture will be lost with them. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Sir Andrew are calling on politicians to change the reforms once again and give added protection to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), National Parks, and other landscapes that are valued locally by the communities in which they are located. The push comes just after many ministers have indicated the necessity to build on these lands and to continue development as much as possible. One of the current projects highlighted by the report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows a plan by the government to put a new major road through the Peak District. Another plan highlighted in the report shows the plan to build multiple mobile homes in the Yorkshire Dales.

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“Use it or Lose it!” Style of Planning Permissions on the Way, 2013-11-07

Arguments are currently surfacing in the government about whether or not developers should have the right to engage in land banking, or if planning councils should have the right to take away land that is purchased but not developed in a timely fashion. The most prominent proposal being considered at this time is one that would give planning councils the right to revoke planning permissions previously granted where developers have sought permission to work on specific plats of land but have not started development within a specific time frame. The same proposal includes provisions giving planning councils the right to levy to levy heavy charges against developers for delayed development. These types of restrictions and rights could streamline the process of purchase orders in England that are considered compulsory and give councils the right to threaten developers into compliance with the law. Effectively, councils would have the right to tell developers who seek planning permission that they must use their planning permissions within the time allotted during the application and approval process or they will lose their planning permissions. According to a recent report published in August 2013 by the Local Government Association there are currently more than 380,000 in the United Kingdom with planning permissions that have not yet been built and the developers have not yet begun work on these homes. Opponents of the new proposal suggest that many of these homes are not yet in development because planning councils have a habit of making it difficult for developers to make it all the way through the approval process. For many developers approval may come with contingencies that must be met before development can be started and those contingencies may take years to fulfil. Think tank, Localis, has suggested that the rights be made available to planning councils because it is one way that the government can be more supportive of the local authorities and help them to boost economic growth by pushing projects, not only through the approval process, but also through to completion. The report from Localis was commissioned by the South East England Councils, a local authority group, seeking ways to speed up the process of development in South East England. The current housing situation in South East England, as throughout the rest of the country, is dire. There is a significant need for effective planning in all areas of the country in addition to adequate housing supply and even the 380,000 homes approved for building will not meet the current demand in the country. These two factors are also determinants in whether or not economic growth is a possibility for areas like South East England, though it largely can have a serious impact on all areas, including large cities, like London. In the same report, Localis highlighted complaints against organisations like Natural England, the Environment Agency, and English Heritage, all of whom are said to be unreasonably slow in responding to planning applications.

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Dover District Council Gives Planning Permission for new Energy Plant, 2013-10-31

The Dover District Council has granted Estover Energy planning consent to build a £65 million green energy plant at Discovery Park in Sandwich at the former site of the Pfizer plant. Financial incentives are offered in the area by mean of its Enterprise Zone Status. The plant will be a biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant that will be powered by wood fuel.It is expected that around 140 jobs will be created as a result of the construction of the new plant, with around 100 of them to be the result of the building process. Estover Energy currently employees 14 people and an additional 20 jobs will be made available at the plant once it has opened with 20 more jobs will be created in transport and forestry.The 220-acre site on which the plant is to be built will receive renewable heat and electricity from the plant. The plat will also supply low carbon electricity to the nation as a whole and support the goal of the United Kingdom that 15 per cent of the nation’s demand for energy will come from renewable resources by the year 2020.Low grade wood that comes from the local area will be used by the plant to generate renewable power and heat to the park and thereby reduce its carbon footprint, its energy costs and its reliance on fossil fuels imported from other nations. A conventional turbine using CHP steam technology will generate 8 to 12 Megawatts of heat and 11 to 15 Megawatts of power which is enough to supply the requisite energy needs of 21,000 homes.The wood used in the plant comes from parts of the tree that have few other uses so that owners of the woodlands in the area will be able to manage these woods more efficiently and achieve greater economic potential. There are 790,000 acres of woodlands in the south east and London and only 46 per cent of it is managed so there are 430,000 acres for which there is no economic use for the trees and no management of a long-term nature.According to Andrew Troup, development director for Estover Energy, there will be many benefits from the new biomass plant that is to be built. There are many energy challenges in the next 20 years that need to be met and the plant will help to meet them by serving to boost the local economy and stimulate investment in the woodlands of the southeast that is long overdue.Laura Sandys, South Thanet MP, said that Estover’s CHP plant will not only provide value for Discovery Park in terms of opportunities for business growth and new employment but for reducing energy costs and carbon emissions from heat and electricity at the park.Greg Barker, energy minister, commented that the biomass CHP plant which Estover is building can be of value to both the local area and to the overall mix of renewable energy. By using the local woods to source the fuel, a new local supply chain is developed that has wider benefits that will help to stimulate the rural economy and provide a market for the woodlands in southeast England for the trees.

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Durkan Withdraws Planning Bill Due to Legal Concerns, 2013-10-28

Mark H Durkan, environment minister, has withdrawn a planning bill due to major legal concerns involving a major convention. The European Convention on Human Rights has many sections that could be considered to run counter to the measures and amendments that Durkan originally proposed to the environment planning bill. These amendments were backed by the DUP and Sinn Fein. At the time of withdrawal, Durkan announced that he had more than just legal concerns, but that he also had concerns about how the planning bill would impact planning and the economy. The planning bill amendments were first begun in June. The assembly, at that time, passed amendments to the planning bill allowing certain individuals in the ministry to propose and set up special planning zones based on the economic needs of shires and councils. Those with powers under the new amendments are the first and deputy ministers. Other amendments made at that time limited the rights of those objecting to planning application decisions to get a judicial review for their application and challenge the decisions that were made on their applications in court. Those amendments were opposed by Alex Atwood, who previously served as the environment minister prior to Durkan’s term. Atwood called the proposed amendments a power grab. Durkan, on the other hand, felt that at least the latter was a necessary move for the government to take and that citizens should be allowed to challenge decisions impacting them and their lives in court. He called this right a fundamental one that all citizens should have in order to protect themselves from too much government power.  Legal advice provided to Durkan concerning the bill proved to him that it was unlawful and that it could cause the government and the bill in its entirety to become a breach of human rights, which Durkan, and most other ministers and government officials are not willing to risk.Durkan was accused of breaching the ministerial code by not consulting the executive on the matter before he mad his announcement. The accusation came directly from the DUP. The government is required in all circumstances to ensure that laws passed for planning and environment do not infringe on the basic rights of citizens and that they do not run contrary to conventions and laws and treaties passed before them. The new environment planning bill would have appeared to only regulate the means by which planning permissions and the environment were dealt with, but according to reports about Durkan’s decision, Durkan realized that the bill would have taken away too much power from those who were seeking planning permissions. Restricting planning permissions, even for environmental purposes, even further in a troubled economic time when housing is hard to come by could severely impact the ability of the government to stimulate the economy, allow construction projects to move forward, and to provide more affordable housing options to the citizens of the United Kingdom and its many local planning councils.

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Planning Minister Encourages Farmers to Go Head to Head With Planning Councils, 2013-10-25

Recent reports out of the government indicate that the planning minister is actively encouraging farmers to battle for their rights against planning councils that restrict their abilities to build on their own farming land. Complaints across the country have recently arisen indicating that local planning councils often make it difficult, or even impossible, for farmers to erect new buildings on their farmland. These buildings may include farm houses, barns, granaries and other outbuildings, among others. Minister Nick Boles told the National Farmers’ Union that they should start fighting for their rights now in order to set the precedent and show the planning councils that farmers will not be restricted from developing and growing their enterprises. Boles believes that if multiple groups are willing to stand up to local planning councils then they will be able change the behaviour of councils towards farmers who initiate the planning process and file planning applications. Recent complaints from the National Farmers’ Union about unnecessary paperwork that skyrockets the cost of development and makes the process much slower caused the planning minister to make the suggestion.Mr Boles and his department in the ministry is unable to intervene in situations where local planning councils cause problems for farmers who are attempting to develop on their land. Mr Boles department is unable to intervene in any matters that arise with those councils that are elected locally. However, Mr Boles and his department are in favour of farmers and of the National Farmers’ Union challenging the local planning councils and their decisions that impact farmers. Mr Boles suggests challenging local planning councils because most are unable or unwilling to take on the expense of defending a planning decision. The process of battling an appeal, especially if the council loses, can be extremely expensive for local planning councils. Mr Boles encourages the farming organisation to take on cases where the unreasonable behaviours towards farmers has been especially egregious and to run these types of test cases could be very helpful in changing the behaviours exhibited by the councils. The rural affairs advisor of the National Farmers’ Union, David Collier, indicated that the unreasonable requests made to farmers over the past year and beyond have included requests for paperwork such as business plans, archaeological surveys, and even flood assessments. Typically, archaeological surveys are only required and requested in situations where there is evidence that the area of farmland has human remains buried on it. The suggestion for this type of extreme reactionary behaviour on the part of farmers is aligned with the new regulation relaxation proposed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The department recently proposed to allow farmers to turn buildings on their farmland which are currently in existence but unused into other types of buildings, like homes without having to file an application for planning permission. The farmers would also have the right to build up to three new homes and demolish buildings without seeking additional approvals.

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Wind Farms on the Rise in UK Thanks to Approved Planning Applications, 2013-10-18

According to recent reports, the number of onshore wind farms in the United Kingdom is on the rise as planning permissions approval for the construction of wind turbines has increased in droves over the past year. Figures out of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) indicate that the increase is steady and shows a commitment to change in the United Kingdom.Reports generate between January and August 2013 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) indicate that there has been a significant increase in the approval of planning applications for wind turbine groupings, also called wind farms. During the eight-month period between January and August, planning permission approval to begin construction was given to 188 onshore wind farms. This is a 49 per cent increase on the year-over-year numbers from the same period in 2012. In 2011, only 83 wind turbine projects were approved during the same eight-month reporting period. However, despite the increase and the positive light this sheds on the United Kingdom as a whole as there are more moves and cries for global change in the production of energy, there is a long and arduous road ahead. Communities secretary Eric Pickles has voice concern over landscape protection rules not being followed by those constructing the wind turbine farms. Greg Baker, energy minister, is currently working to alert area councils that neither wind farms nor solar farms will be allowed in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).  This could mean the end of many wind farm projects in the works throughout the United Kingdom. The Department of Communities and Local Government has indicated that planning councils should bear in mind the potential impact on Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty when approving applications for planning permissions that deal with wind farms and solar farms.Scottish Conservatives recently reported that at least seven applications a day on average are sent to Scottish councils for review and approval for wind farm projects. According to reports from the group, over the past 18 months, 2,508 planning applications were sent to Scottish councils for approval of wind farm projects. The councils receiving the highest number of requests fro planning permissions for wind farms were Aberdeenshire with 428 requests over the past 18 months, followed by the Highland Council with 376 requests for planning permissions for wind farms in the same reporting period. Wind farms are made up of multiple wind turbines, large windmill-like objects that stand on the countryside and turn wind into electricity that is used for powering towns, power plants, and other production facilities. A single one-megawatt wind turbine can produce enough energy to power the average annual needs of more than 350 households. Depending on the planning application and the location of the wind farm, the wind turbines erected may be anywhere from 600 kilowatts to three megawatts of capacity, meaning that they have the potential to power an entire shire or council area for years.

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Annual Increase in Year-Over-Year Numbers For Planning Approvals Signals Boom, 2013-10-15

Recent reports from the housing industry indicate that there has been a significant increase in the year-over-year numbers for planning approvals. This increase may signal the beginning of a house building boom in Great Britain that the likes of which has not been seen in many years. This type of increase gives not only the housing industry, but also those individuals seeking affordable housing, reason to hope for the immediate and long-term future. A housing boom likely would mean that there would be fewer people living in unacceptable, substandard, and unaffordable housing in the coming years, even as demand continues to increase.According to recent reports England saw an increase in approvals on planning applications for new homes of more than 49 per cent in the second quarter. This is an increase over the same reporting period from the previous year. The latest Housing Pipeline from the House Builders Federation (HBF) reported the data and indicated that there was also a decline that shook the housing industry between the first quarter and second quarter of the year over the same reporting period from the previous year. However, despite this dip, the reports indicated that the first half of the year still saw a significant increase on the year-over-year reports. More than 77,685 planning applications for new homes were granted in the first half of 2013, showing a 26 per cent increase on the same reporting period from 2012. There have been reports of activity growing in the residential property sector as more people are seeking affordable housing that is not substandard housing. As more individuals embark on the journey to find a home, or other affordable options, the demand for housing, and the number of housing applications will also increase over time. Representatives from HBF have indicated that the trend for planning permissions application approvals is a very positive one in that more applications are being approved now than they have been in the past. HBF has noted that the new planning system likely has had a tremendous impact on the positive upward trend for home building and home ownership throughout the United Kingdom. Although Help to Buy is increasing the number of people able to access the funds necessary to make home purchases and developers are working to increase their output, HBF has indicated that there is still a need for additional increases and for the housing sector to maintain the increases already seen. Reports from other industry insiders are examining closely the strict planning permissions conditions that are often attached to construction applications, making it difficult for approved projects to begin. This means that although many applications have been approved, only a fraction of those approved projects have actually begun work. With multiple items listed under pre-commencement conditions in many cases, there are times that construction companies are unable to commence work for years after their planning application has been accepted and approved. In a country desperate for more housing options, insiders are still hoping for change.

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With Changes to Planning Restrictions, Homeowners Get More Rights, 2013-09-30

Recent reports indicate that homeowners can now experience the right to do more with their properties and with their homes. A recent relaxation of the planning restrictions for residential properties gives homeowners more rights, but little promotion of these changes has left most homeowners in the dark as to exactly what these changes mean for them and their homes. New reports from Stacks Property Search indicate that homeowners considering changes or additions to their property or to their homes should carefully read up on the new planning restrictions. In some cases there may be restrictions that do not apply in specific situations, and some situations further may not require consultation with neighbours. The changes are the result of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) which gives homeowners the right to make some types of changes to their homes and property without having to file an application for planning permission before carrying out the work. Recent changes to the GPDO made it necessary to make lateral changes to planning restrictions so that the Order’s effort to encourage homeowners to stimulate the economy with purchases for their homes could be made a reality.The most significant changes are those concerning extensions to homes in residential non-protected areas. According to the latest reports, the limit for single storey extensions in these areas has increased to eight metres from the original four metres for any detached home. Additionally for all other homes in these areas, the extension limit has increased from three metres to six metres. Despite this change, homeowners must beware that the rule that extensions may not exceed more than 50 per cent of their property’s curtilage still exists and that they must still follow the rules for height. In addition, the changes to these rules went into effect at the end of May 2013, but expire at the end of May 2016, which may cause some homeowners grief, especially if their projects are not completed prior to the last day of May in 2016. However, there are some factors still holding consumers back from purchasing homes where work needs to be done. According to Stacks Property Search, it can be difficult for buyers, whether new or seasoned, to purchase a home that needs work because they may not be able to get financing. At the same time, these changes do open the market to buyers with liquid assets that are looking for a project, or who intend to invest in real estate and want a cheap way to get a foot in the door. Purchasing low priced homes that need work and having the right to improve on them without planning permission may make these homes now more desirable to real estate investors who previously sought highly marketable, move-in ready properties. Stacks has advice for homeowners looking to make improvements, and indicates that those making changes should consider the resale value of changes made to the home, especially if they don’t intend to live there forever.

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Increase in Planning Permissions in the United Kingdom Could Signal Housing Boom, 2013-09-27

According to recent housing market reports, England could be set to experience a housing boom over the next six months to a year. The year-over-year planning permissions for homebuilders increased nationwide by a significant margin in the second quarter, creating high hopes that the numbers will continue to increase at rapid speeds. According to the most recent pipeline report from the House Builders Federation, numbers reveal that nationwide, planning permissions applications for homebuilders were approved at a rate 49 per cent higher than they were during the same reporting period in 2012. The number is lower than those reported nationwide for the first quarter, however, according to the report, even with the slight decrease from the first quarter to the second quarter, more there were exactly 77,686 planning permissions applications approved for homebuilders throughout the nation. This equates to a year-on-year increase for the six months of the year of 26 per cent from 2012 to 2013. As the past several years have seen mostly moderate increases, the stiff increase in 2013 could signal the return of confidence to the market place, which may, in turn, lead to a housing boom.Despite these increases, the first six months of the year fell well short of the housing goal for the year, which is to provide 110,000 homes in each half of the year, for a total of 220,000 homes by the end of the year. Although the goal may likely not be met, the increase in the number of homes is a good sign.Comments from the House Builders Federation indicate that the trend is a positive one, and that it is a reflection of the positive changes that have been made over the past several years in the planning process. As a part of major changes to the home buying and building experience, the House Builders Federation credits the Help to Buy program with returning confidence to the market for buyers, especially first time buyers, who in the past, had difficulty obtaining loans or keeping up with payments.Concerns over the differentiation in planning permissions requirements in different regions and local governments throughout the nation are still at the top of the list for the House Builders Federation. Planning conditions in local areas are set by local authorities, and are done after planning permission has been granted. In many cases this may slow down, or halt work on construction sites for projects that developers thought could be completed rather quickly. Some reports indicate that the conditions of the planning permissions approval may include up to one hundred separate conditions that must be met in order for work to commence. Planning permissions are sometimes granted with work unable to begin for years after approval is provided. This means that while the planning permissions approval numbers are going up constantly, the number of actual homes available to be filled may not actually be going anywhere for a great deal of time.

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South West Sees Large Leap in Planning Approvals, 2013-09-24

Planning approvals have gone up significantly over the entire United Kingdom. And the South West is no exception for the past year. According to recent reports planning approvals, for new homes in the area at least, increased by more than 22 per cent over the past year in the South West. According to experts, this shows an increasing confidence in the market place by homebuilders who are willing to continue development and know that they can find tenants to fill those homes. The Home Builders Federation recently released a report indicating the significant increase in planning approvals. The second quarter report shows that that council-granted permissions rose to 4,519 that quarter alone. The first quarter report from the same group indicated a rise to 4,405, which was also higher than the previous year. According to the report, the second quarter numbers were most impressive because the 2012 numbers from second quarter for planning approvals were at only 3,682 for new homes in the South West. The 22.7 per cent increase ended the second quarter on a positive note and leads to a positive outlook for the remainder of the year. Market experts indicate that the numbers are indicate of a significant improvement in the market place because they not only show a significant increase from the prior year, but because the increase is even greater from years’ past. A poor economic foundation in 2009 caused planning councils to approve only 2,506 applications for new homes in the South West. The 2013 number from second quarter is nearly double that amount. Although the South West is increasing in planning approvals and is seeing confidence return to the market place in a big way, the housing need throughout the South West and throughout the entire United Kingdom is still at risk, and is not being met. According to reports, the number of home building applications approved by planning councils this year is still more than 48 per cent short of what be achieved in order to meet the housing needs of the country and its many communities. Executive Chairman of the Home Builders Federation, Stewart Baseley, indicated that the success of the Help to Buy program has helped to increase the marketability of homes and make it possible for planning applications, and therefore approvals, to increase. However, recent comments from Baseley indicate that strict rules in the planning process, even after permissions have been granted, make it difficult for homebuilders to begin work on sites, and this places a great delay in the availability of housing, even where thousands of applications have been approved. Baseley called for more realistic conditions that allow builders to move forward without significant delays and overhead costs that may cripple a project. Although the South West accounts for only one portion of the housing market, reports have indicated that rises were seen in the second quarter throughout most of the United Kingdom, and despite not meeting the goals for housing, the future is looking bright.

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Onshore Oil and Gas Sees New Planning Permission Requirements, 2013-09-21

Anti-fracking activists swarmed Balcombe throughout the summer months, but despite the protests, the government continued to provide support for onshore gas projects, including those that are considered unconventional. However, the Fall has brought a review of the planning practice guidance and according to recent reports the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is working to determine new requirements for planning applications and planning permissions for onshore gas projects.Currently, the public has the right to comment on these proposed changes until October 14, 2013. The consultation points out that onshore projects require substantially less space than those projects conducted underground. The new proposal insists that although there exists a significant difference between underground space requirements and below ground space requirements for onshore oil and gas projects, and that these onshore projects typically require less than 1 to 2 hectares in above ground real estate, there shall still be a strict requirement for use of this space and the amount that is allowed by planning permission.The current proposed changes would require applicants to notify any landowners, or tenants of landowners, located within the potential boundaries of the project. This refers to, of course, the area beneath the ground, although the above ground portion of the project may exist in only a small portion of the boundary for the entire project. This will place a significant burden on planning applicants to reach out to all of the potentially impacted individuals within the boundaries of their oil and gas reserve. However, the new requirements, unlike similar old requirements, aim to clarify and provide rationale to the system for planning procedures. Amendments being considered are to allow planning applicants only to notify those landowners within the boundaries of the above ground plans and to limit fees for planning applications for onshore oil and gas to the above ground working site only. However, this too, presents a burden on planning applicants since they likely will be required to draw their above ground boundaries above any location where geological work might be necessary, including work necessary as a result of any damage caused by fracking. Applications requiring only the boundary for the main above ground working area may place oil and gas drillers in violation of their original application should work have to be done outside of the boundary. Finally, the new planning permission requirements proposal seeks to reduce the number of applications to one from the multiple applications that must be filed for different planning commissions. These proposals signify that the current Government is interested in allowing expansion of the exploitation of oil and gas reserves throughout all of England. For tenants and landowners of this area, it is critical to pay attention to the consulting period and be involved as much as possible to avoid losing their rights. Legal challenges pursued after the fact may not find a sympathetic ear from judges and courts as gas and oil reserves are critical to the nation’s economy.

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Planning Application Submitted for East Marsh Car Park After Construction, 2013-09-18

At the corner of East Marsh where Spittlefields Road meets Ruckholt Road, a car park that can house 60 cars has been found to be built without the planning application that is required to build one. The Hackney Council under whose jurisdiction this construction applies explained that the reason was that the car park was considered to be temporary and that it in the process of applying for planning permission in order to make it permanent. There was previously a car park there and the Council is looking to reinstate it. In 2011 concrete was poured over East Marsh for a coach park for the Olympics. The land was promised to be reinstated to grass and football pitches by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) once the Olympics were over. This reinstatement did not include a car park as there is one next to the former changing rooms along the River Lee. According to a member of the pressure group, Olympic Games Monitor, Paul Charman, it does not make sense to discuss reinstating a car park that is not in the same location as it does not have the same footprint. This is an encroachment of common land over which the council would normally take action but they have an interest in the project and so want to make sure that the project gets approved. He added that it appears to be a deliberate tactic as waiting to make an application to the Planning Inspectorate eight months after construction would make it very difficult to remove the car park and it would be difficult for the council to take enforcement action against itself even if the planning permission is refused. However, the planning application needs to show that it is retroactive with regards to this project. A spokeswoman for Save Lea Marshes, a campaign group, Caroline Day, commented that she is not surprised by any of these actions. If it were an extraordinary event, she might be more shocked but that she is not shows how often such activities as this occur. In support of the car park, cabinet member for health, social care and culture, Cllr Jonathan McShane, said that the car park takes up less than two per cent of the East Marsh, has provisions for cyclists and will have 11 football pitches that the LLDC plans to reinstate. Other campaigners are furious, according to the Gazette, as this would be the third car park on the marshes next to Cow Bridge. It appears that the council has endeavored to finalize this construction as an email from the project manager has emerged showing that it was encouraging colleagues to comment on the application in a favorable manner. These campaigners also oppose plans by the council for a car park at Cow Bridge with 68 spaces as this would introduce cars on green open land which is in contradiction to the policy made by the council to discourage the use of cars. They believe that the car park at the User Centre at Hackney Marsh would provide enough parking spaces.

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