Other forms of Permitted Development

The October 2015 amendment to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) rationalised previous amendments. The legislation is extensive, but in parts of our region, there are some noteworthy amendments to Schedule 2, Part 3 - changes of use:

  • Class 0: The change of use of from offices to dwellinghouses.
  • Class P: The change of use of from storage/distribution centres to dwellinghouses.
  • Class Q: The change of use of from agricultural buildings to dwellinghouses.
  • Class R: The change of use of from agricultural buildings to flexible commercial uses.

For each of these classes, the 2015 amendment defines what may be considered permitted development.

It should be noted that different restrictions apply to Classes, O,P and Q which exclude development within the Peak District National Park and certain other areas.

Other forms of permitted development including Part 6, Agriculture and Forestry have been also been updated.

For further information, please refer to the The 2015 Order

Editorial Comment

Class Q Change of Use

In general terms, Class Q allows the conversion of agricultural buildings to residential dwellings. There are a various conditions, one of which is that the site should not be on article 2(3) land. In principle, Class Q conversions are thereby permitted in many areas outside of the Peak District National Park. *

Not surprisingly there has been a great deal of interest in Class Q within the farming community.

Until recently, planning authorities adopted widely different approaches; some authorities refused the majority of Class Q applications whilst other planning authorities allowed most.

Recent guidance published by the DCLG clarified the position. In brief, the prior approval process should focus on highway impacts, noise, flood risk and contamination risks. Other concerns such as the sustainability of the location should not be taken into consideration. Nor should there be a requirement to submit reams of supporting documentation such as a structural appraisal or ecological survey.

Class Q guidance is published on the Planning Practice Guidance website

* Article 2(3) land includes the National Parks, the Broads, Conservation Areas, AONB's and world heritage sites.

Please contact us if you need advice on permitted development. Within our region, we do not charge for an initial site visit - Peak District National Park, Staffordshire Moorlands, East Staffordshire, Derbyshire Dales.