Permitted Development Rights, May 2016

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Permitted Development rights in England were amended in May 2016 by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016, No 332. Several minor amendments were made, the main being:

  • The 3 year trial period for the relaxed Permitted Development rules on extensions that started in May 2013 has been extended through to 2019. The new rules mean that for single storey rear extensions the limit stays at 8m, and 6m for a semi or terraced home.
  • Added to the list for allowing the change of use class to C3 dwellinghouses – launderettes were added subject to conditions.
  • The existing temporary permitted development right in Class 0 to change buildings in office use to dwellinghouses is made permanent with a condition allowing the local planning authority to consider certain noise impacts.
  • A new temporary permitted development right for the change of use of buildings in light industrial use to dwellinghouses is created subject to limitations and conditions such as prior approval of the local planning authority.
  • New Permitted Development rights allowing the drilling of boreholes for groundwater monitoring and other preparatory investigations for petroleum exploration [mineral exploration, fracking etc].


The full order can be read here on the government’s legislative website:

The PDF of the order can also be found here:

*It is worth noting that these rights may still be removed by local planning authorities by making a direction under article 4 of the General Permitted Development Order, and rights may be removed by virtue of the curtilage lying within article 2(3) land (conservation areas, AONBs, national Parks etc).