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Radical changes to the Use Classes Order – What is the new Class E?

Radical changes to the Use Classes Order - What is the new Class E?

It has a been a busy few weeks in planning, and the government has just announced yet more planning reforms. You may be familiar with the Use Classes Order – it divides the ‘uses’ of land and property into different classes. Class A1 covers shops for example,

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New permitted development right to add two extra floors to blocks of flats

New permitted development right to add two extra floors to blocks of flats

The government has introduced a new permitted development right allowing developers to add two extra floors to detached blocks of flats. The new permitted development right comes into force on the 1 August 2020 and is set out as Class A, Part 20, Schedule 2 of the

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Is it the end of the line for office-to-resi conversions?

Is it the end of the line for office-to-resi conversions?

Is it the end of the line for office-to-resi permitted development rights? Developers should be aware that the writing appears to be on the wall for office-to-resi permitted development (PD) rights. They should be careful when committing to new projects, especially those with a time lag. By

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Planners targeting Airbnb landlords with Enforcement Notices

Planners targeting Airbnb landlords with Enforcement Notices

Planners targeting Airbnb landlords with Enforcement Notices A record number of people visiting the UK are taking advantage of cheap and flexible Airbnb rentals, as the short-lets website continues its explosive growth. However, the site’s success is creating a backlash as neighbours complain about noise and disturbance,

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Permitted development rights are set to expire. Is it OK to start my extension?

Permitted development rights are set to expire. Is it OK to start my extension?

In today’s Sunday Times, we respond to a reader’s question regarding the May 30 2019 deadline to prior approval rights for larger home extensions (extensions with a depth of 6m/8m). The link to the full article is here and the article is pasted below: Q I have

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Received an enforcement notice? How to persuade the council to withdraw it

Received an enforcement notice? How to persuade the council to withdraw it

Just Planning recently persuaded Enfield, Hounslow, Hillingdon & Ealing councils to withdraw enforcement notices. How? What is a planning enforcement notice? Councils have the power to serve an enforcement notice if they believe that a development (or change of use) has been carried out without planning permission.

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Why Councils refuse planning permission for two-storey side extensions, and often lose at appeal

Why Councils refuse planning permission for two-storey side extensions, and often lose at appeal

Why Councils refuse planning permission for two-storey side extensions, and often lose at appeal Just Planning receives hundreds of enquiries every year from householders who have been refused planning permission for extensions to their home. A number of these are for the most common form of householder

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Permitted Development Rights – When is an Outbuilding ‘Reasonably Required’?

Permitted Development Rights – When is an Outbuilding ‘Reasonably Required’?

Permitted Development Rights – When is an Outbuilding ‘Reasonably Required’? In 2017, we won 100% of our planning appeals against Councils refusing outbuildings on the basis that they were not ‘reasonably required’. Houses in England have ‘permitted development’ rights for various types of development, meaning they can

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The nightmare of receiving an Enforcement Notice against your dormer roof extension

The nightmare of receiving an Enforcement Notice against your dormer roof extension

The nightmare of Enforcement Notices against (permitted development) dormer roof extensions Every month, we help homeowners who are facing enforcement action after building a dormer extension to the roof of their property. Councils issue hundreds of Enforcement Notices ever year requiring householders to remove dormers that have

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The Sunday Times quotes our research in a 7 page feature on the planning crisis

The Sunday Times quotes our research in a 7 page feature on the planning crisis

The Sunday Times quotes our research in a 7 page feature on the planning crisis In the Home section of today’s Sunday Times, journalist Martina Lees provides a detailed analysis of a crisis in the planning system. The article (which can be read here) features our detailed

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