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Changes to planning legislation and guidance

Information about planning legislative changes, guides in considerations of applications, rules on permitted developments, rules on house extensions and developments and rules relating to hard surfaces. 

How do I find out about national planning policy or legislative changes?

For the latest planning news, visit the Planning Portal website:

Planning Portal - News (external website)

The latest government pronouncements can be found on the Department of Communities and Local Government website:

Communities and Local Government - (external website)

What guides local planning authorities in the consideration of
applications
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The 'Consolidated Procedure Order' came into force on 1 October 2010, and this guides the actions of local planning authorities in the consideration of planning applications. Details of the legislation are contained in the pdf document following:

Statutory Instrument 1 (pdf 160kb opens in new window)

What revised rules relate to house extensions?

Changes in planning legislation came into force on 30 May 2013 which relate to
development proposals (known as permitted development) which can be undertaken within the curtilage of a dwelling house without the need for a planning application.  Find out aboutthese changes.

What revised rules relate to hard surfaces in a dwelling house garden?

Planning permission may now be required to provide or replace a hard surface within the curtilage of a dwelling house. This may be the case if it is located between the principal elevation of the dwelling and a highway, and is over 5 square metres in area. Advice is available from the Department of Communities and Local Government website:

Communities and Local Government - Planning advice on hard surfaces (external website)

You can check with the council whether consent is requiredand get a response in writing.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 January 2017