Permitted rights to be widened

The government has signalled that increasing permitted development rights will be a priority following the Killian-Pretty review.

Speaking at the launch, housing and planning minister Margaret Beckett said the government would publish its full response early next year. "To show our good intentions, we should act now if there are areas where we can respond immediately," she added.

"If small shops, businesses, schools and hospitals were able to make small-scale extensions and alterations to premises, it would remove 15,000 schemes per year from the process."

Giving permitted development rights to minor non-residential schemes follows the recent revision householder development rules.

Beckett also said consultation would start as soon as possible on cutting down information needed to support applications so requirements are made "proportionate to the likely impacts of development".

British Property Federation chief executive Liz Peace welcomed the move, while DTZ head of London planning Peter Weatherhead said simplifying information requests would "provide instant relief" to councils.

But Savills head of planning Roger Hepher questioned how this would be achieved: "The discontent following the introduction of standard application forms and national and local lists has not been resolved."


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