General Permitted Development Order

Policy updates, documents and news relating to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO).

Sign up for our new Policy & Legislation email news bulletin.

GPDO Resources

Search the DCP manual of planning best practice

Follow Us:
Planning Jobs

GPDO News & Analysis

Government announces plans to ‘simplify and consolidate’ permitted development rights

Government announces plans to ‘simplify and consolidate’ permitted development rights

The government has published plans to "simplify" and rationalise" permitted developments rights, as part of a review of such rights following recent changes to the Use Classes Order.

High streets 'may very quickly become mostly residential' under new permitted development rights, lawyer warns

High streets 'may very quickly become mostly residential' under new permitted development rights, lawyer warns

A planning lawyer has warned that many high streets "may very quickly become predominantly residential" unless councils take action to restrict the government's latest easing of planning rules to allow a host of town centre uses to convert to new housing.

Mayor approves long-awaited 500-home Bishopsgate Goodsyard plan

Mayor approves long-awaited 500-home Bishopsgate Goodsyard plan

The London mayor has approved long-awaited plans for a 500-home mixed-use scheme on a derelict site in the east of the capital, after finding that its provision of office space and affordable housing would be "significant benefits".

Shorter ten-week application determination limit proposed in new 'fast track for public service buildings'

Shorter ten-week application determination limit proposed in new 'fast track for public service buildings'

A new "fast track" planning route for public service buildings such as schools and hospitals would require local authorities to determine applications for such schemes within ten weeks and to prioritise these decisions over other "major development" plans, a new consultation proposes.

GPDO In Depth & Comment

The promised changes to the major infrastructure consenting process: what to expect

The promised changes to the major infrastructure consenting process: what to expect

Last week, the government announced a pledge to review and speed up the major infrastructure planning regime. Experts predict that refreshing the suite of national policy statements and encouraging prompter involvement by statutory consultees at earlier stages of the process are likely to be top of the list of priority tasks.

More public sector land assembly is needed to deliver beautiful new communities, by Cliff Hague

More public sector land assembly is needed to deliver beautiful new communities, by Cliff Hague

European experience shows that giving local authorities an active role in land assembly allows them to do a better job of delivering high quality places.

Why appeal consent rates are dropping

Why appeal consent rates are dropping

Planning Inspectorate data has revealed a signficant drop in the proportion of appeals allowed in 2019/20. Inspectors taking a harder line on proposals not supported by local policies and a less positive attitude towards housing on smaller sites are among the reasons put forward by practitioners for the trend.

Seven government infrastructure decisions promised this winter

Seven government infrastructure decisions promised this winter

Due dates for government decisions on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects before 31 March 2021.


Policy Briefings

How the new use classes change the system: the Planning Briefing

How the new use classes change the system: the Planning Briefing

The implications of new regulations that allow more widespread changes of use without a planning application.

Ten important policy and legislation changes to expect this autumn

Ten important policy and legislation changes to expect this autumn

Alterations to the National Planning Policy Framework and permitted development rights are among changes on the horizon.

How the Business and Planning Act changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How the Business and Planning Act changes the system: the Planning Briefing

How new legislation that aims to mitigate the economic impact of Covid-19 will affect applicants and authorities. By David Blackman