The following Planning guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Planning permission is required for the development of land. 'Development', which is defined in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, s 55 (TCPA 1990), comprises:
operations affecting land, and
changes of use of land
Operational development includes building operations, engineering operations, mining operations and other operations (see Practice Note: Operational development). A change of use of land will require planning permission only if the change of use is material (see Practice Note: Material change of use).
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, SI 1995/418 (GPDO) allows some development to be permitted without the need to obtain planning permission.
GPDO, SI 1995/418, Sch 2 grants planning permission for 'permitted development'. This includes:
development within the curtilage of a dwelling house
changes of use
temporary buildings and uses (see below Temporary buildings and uses)
certain caravan sites
agricultural and forestry buildings and operations
development by certain bodies eg local planning authorities (LPAs), highway authorities, drainage bodies, the Environment Agency, sewage undertakers
certain mining and mineral activities
telecommunications development. See Practice Note: Planning issues in telecommunications
demolition of buildings
the installation of domestic microgeneration equipment
Permitted development is still 'development' for which planning permission is required, except that there is no need to obtain planning permission for it as permission is deemed to have been granted. Each permitted development right (PD right)
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