Planning – DCLG consultation on Change of Use issues

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has issued an issues paper asking for views on how change of use is handled in the planning system. The paper asks whether the Use Classes Order and / or General Permitted Development Order can be reformed to reduce regulation.

Questions asked in the paper include:

  • should material change of use continue to be considered as ‘development’ and handled through the planning system? If not what alternative approach might be used?
  • are the current classes of use in the Use Classes Order still appropriate?
  • has the right balance been struck between deregulation and protecting the citizen or should there be more deregulation?
  • does the current operation of the Use Classes Order go far enough to remove inappropriate barriers to growth?
  • how should ancillary uses be treated within the Use Classes Order?
  • are the current permitted development rights relating to the temporary use
  • still appropriate?
  • should change of use of buildings be allowed on a ‘temporary’ basis without the need for a planning application?

Some issues the paper suggests respondents might like to consider in their responses are:

  • planning permission providing a trigger for other actions, such as Building Control
  • the relationship between less control on change of use and neighbourhood plans
  • the relationship between land use and its value

Deadline for comments: 1 September 2011.

To respond to the consultation, visit the DCLG website


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