Planning Updates

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) February 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published a revised version of the National Planning Policy Framework (the NPPF or the Framework) on 19 February 2019.  This version supersedes the July 2018 edition of the Framework.

In summary, the main changes to the February 2019 version are:

  • The footnote relating to paragraph 73 relating to maintaining supply and delivery of housing has been updated to reference where local housing need is used as a basis for calculating 5 year supply of housing it should be calculated using the standard method as set out in national policy.  There are some alterations to the glossary in relation to the term deliverability and local housing need.
  • Paragraph 177 relating to habitats and biodiversity has been amended.  The presumption in favour of sustainable development now applies even with habitats development, provided that impacts can be mitigated successfully.

The National Planning Policy Framework (February 2019) can be viewed here.

Prior Notification of Householder Single Storey Rear Extension

If you are planning on building a single storey rear extension under your permitted development rights, you have until 30 May 2019 to take advantage of a temporarily doubled size allowance under the Larger Home Extension Scheme.

In order to benefit from this scheme, your extension must be fully completed on or before 30 May 2019. A completion certificate must be submitted to the LPA.

The notification process requires information and plans to be submitted to the Council by the developer.  The Council will then consult with neighbours (occupiers or owners of adjoining premises) for a period of 21 days.  If an objection is received then the Council will assess the impact of the proposed extension on the amenity of the neighbours.  The Council may then either allow the development to go ahead or refuse approval. If the Council refuses the application then the applicant has a right of appeal.  A decision must be issued within 42 days from the date the Council receives the information.

If no objections are received, or if the Council fail to issue a decision with 42 days, then there will be a deemed approval.