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Permitted Development Rights for industry, businesses, educational institutions and hospitals

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Permitted development is development that can take place without needing planning permission.

Permitted development rights (PDRs) are provided by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (GPDO).

We have amended the GPDO to provide more flexible PDRs for:

  • industrial and warehouse premises
  • schools
  • colleges
  • universities 
  • hospitals.

The amendments also provide new PDRs for:

  • offices
  • shops
  • financial or professional services.

The guidance below will help interpret the amendments.

The guidance document is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, that is a matter for the courts. If there is any doubt whether a proposal would be permitted development, advice from the relevant Local Planning Authority should be sought.

The changes to permitted development rights will come into force on 28 April 2014.

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