A building owner can perform certain types of work without needing to apply for planning permission. These are called “permitted development rights”.
They derive from a general planning permission granted not by the local authority but by Parliament. Bear in mind that the permitted development rights which apply to many common projects for houses do not apply to flats, maisonettes or other buildings. Similarly, commercial properties have different permitted development rights to dwellings.
In some areas of the country, known generally as ‘designated areas’, permitted development rights are more restricted.
Changes to planning regulations to “reduce red tape” should make it easier for housebuilders, but could potentially lead to lower quality housing being built.
Many felt there should have been a requirement for “net zero carbon” new developments, especially given the Government’s international carbon emissions commitments (and their own legislation) – this might be addressed by future regulations.
There is a new “Permitted Development right” for owners of detached blocks of flats to add up to two extra floors, without needing full planning permission. This can impact leaseholders by increasing the building value and making it harder to buy out the freehold (let alone the disruption caused by an owner actually adding two extra floors).
An explanation of permitted development rights will need to wait for a different post.
For those interested, here is a link to the draft legislation:
During the coronavirus pandemic, funding has been made available to house rough sleepers in hotels, under the “Everyone In” scheme. 160 rough sleepers are currently being housed by Camden Council in temporary accommodation.
Despite rumours that the Westminster Government are not going to continue the scheme once the current funding runs out, the Council have confirmed that funding will continue for at least the next three months.