PRIOR APPROVAL SUBMISSIONS

What does this service entail?

Driven by its desire to foster economic growth and expand the supply of housing, the Government has altered permitted development rights to encourage development. 

Known as a prior approval process, the local planning authority is asked whether its prior approval (through the submission of a formal planning application) is required to carry out certain development.

The most common in England is the conversion of former office space (under Class B1 (a) of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) to dwellings (Class C3).

There are a host of other conversions possible under different parts of Part 3, to Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (as amended).

Typically, the local planning authority can only consider such applications under a set of government prescribed criteria, rather than the provisions of the Development Plan for the area.

Prime examples of when ACHIEVE has provided this service:

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Further examples include: