Permitted Development

home-ownersSince 2013 the extent of development which can be undertaken without the need for express planning permission has widened. Instead, it may be possible to carry out the work under ‘Permitted Development’ rights. There is a host of works that can be carried out through this process on residential, commercial and agricultural sites and Fuller Long is well-equipped to help you!

In order to ensure that the existing or proposed use or development is lawful, you can apply for a Lawful Development Certificate (LDC). This certificate is a legal document that confirms whether or not the development proposed or which has been undertaken requires express planning permission or whether it falls under ‘Permitted Development’.

The types of permitted development

Residential permitted development enables house alterations. There are a number of works you can do to a property, even in the Green Belt, to extend your home. These can range from rear and side extensions to replacement windows and roof extensions. This proved very useful in helping one of our clients to achieve a rear extension to their property in London without having to apply for full planning permission.

Commercial permitted development mainly focuses on the change of use of the site. This can be applicable if the unit is in ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘D’ use class. Depending on the nature of the site and its location, there are a number of alternative uses available to the site.

Agricultural permitted development widened in 2014 and now makes it possible to convert agricultural units into a number of uses provided that they were built and used for an agricultural use on 20th March 2013. The suitability of the site for the proposed use must be considered on a site by site basis. We are currently working on a number of agricultural conversions, particularly in the Green Belt around London.

It is not always guaranteed that Permitted Development is applicable even if you meet the criteria above. Certain restrictions could mean planning permission is required for the development regardless. With there being a number of factors involved in determining the suitability of Permitted Development, the earlier you contact Fuller Long regarding the possibility of an application the better so that we can help determine the best way forward for you.

If you are in doubt over whether your proposal meets the requirements for Permitted Development, please contact one of our consultants for a no obligation conversation over your potential options on 0808 164 1288.