The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has launched two new consultations; one on Plan Making Reforms and a second on permitted development rights.
The Plan Making Reforms consultation concerns the DLUHC proposals to implement the parts of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill that relate to plan-making, to make local plans (and minerals and waste plans) simpler, faster to prepare, and more accessible.
This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 18 October 2023. More information can be found here.
The new permitted development rights consultation contains proposed changes to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, as amended. It covers the following areas:
- changes to certain rights that allow for the change of use to dwellinghouses
- changes to certain permitted development rights that allow agricultural diversification and development on agricultural units
- changes that allow for non-domestic extensions and the erection of new industrial and warehouse buildings
- changes to the permitted development right that allows for the temporary use of land to allow markets to operate for more days
- changes to the existing right that allows for the erection, extension or alteration of schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, and closed prisons to also apply to open prisons
- the application of local design codes to certain permitted development rights
This consultation also contains a call for evidence led by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), seeking views on nature-based solutions, farm efficiency projects and diversification.
This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 25 September 2023.
More information can be found here.