The government has made changes to legislation to introduce new permitted development rights. This means that you will need to give us prior notification of certain changes of use rather than applying for planning permission. These changes of use include change of use from:
For more information about which Use Classes have been affected see our Change of use - Use Classes page.
We recommend that you use the Prior approval determination form to notify us in order to ensure that you submit all of the required information.
The process requires a developer to notify us before beginning the development, so that we can consider certain impacts that are likely to arise from the development. This notification must comprise:
Once your completed application is received we will notify statutory consultees and publicise the proposed development by display of a site notice or by serving notice by letter on any adjoining owner or occupier.
As part of the process we will usually need to assess the following:
Contamination risks on the site
Flooding risks on the site
Noise impacts of the development
In order to enable us to make a judgement on these matters, you may wish to include assessments of the above impacts or risks and statements setting out how the impacts or risks are to be mitigated. It will assist if these documents are included at the outset of the process. Occasionally we may require further information, or we may refuse Prior Approval on the basis that the information submitted fails to demonstrate that the impacts and/or risks have been adequately assessed and/or that they can be adequately mitigated.
We will also take into account any representations received as a result of the consultation and will have regard to the National Planning Policy Framework before making a decision. We have 56 days to notify you of one of the following outcomes:
If your Prior Approval application is refused, you have the right to submit an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. For advice and guidance on the appeal process visit the planning portal website.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.
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