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I work in the planning industry and I see a lot of questions about planning on this Tribe - some of which I have already answered.
So feel free to post a question to me on this thread and I will do my best to answer your planning questions. As a queue I can help in these areas:
If I can't answer your question immediately then please give me a few days to respond so I can get the answer. At the very least, I can point you in the right direction.
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I'm about to undertake a conversion of a 50 square meter commercial unit to a residential annex. Everything I've learnt is English and my property is in Wales where PD is very different. Could you provide an overview or a pointer to the Welsh legislation.
A good teacher must know the rules; a good pupil, the exceptions.
Martin H. Fischer
Yes I should have said I am based in England. But here is a link which sets out all of the current legislation surrounding permitted development rights in Wales. Either the original legislation or one of the amendments will set out whether it falls under PD.
Here is also a link to a page setting out what changes of use benefit from permitted development. B1 to C3 requires planning permission. These rules are always subject to change though so keep a close eye on them.
Thank you Ian,
I was so close. The PD allows a change from A1 or A2 to A1 plus a single flat above. I'm converting the rear, not above, which I presume is why I need planning consent.
Thank you Ian for a generous offer to help members with these issues. I have 2 questions if I may.
1. My late husband bought a house which had planning in place for hostel bedsits with shared facilities. He converted the building into fully self contained units but no planning was in place (I think he may have been hoping to apply for Lawfulness after 4 years). Anyway cut a long story short I was just short of 4 years but a planning solicitor had advised me to empty the studios out so as not to alert the enforcement officers which I did but later found out that this would have scuppered the 4 year rule because there would not be continuity. I really tried to work round this but finally threw in the towel after a year of battling. Anyway I decided to convert it back to a single dwelling (as a planning officer had written to me a while ago saying this house should be a single dwelling). The refurb is nearly complete and ready to put on the market but the Building Regs Guy said he thought it would need planning permission to be made a single dwelling.
I thought that as the council had written to me saying it had to be a single dwelling and I was doing this I hadn’t needed planning permission. This is really going to slow things down as I’m eager to sell before the Brexit situation becomes worse. So my question is do I need PP?
2nd question relating to a 6 person HMO, the HMO officer has advised me that if one of the residents moved his wife in (which he has asked to do) and it became 7 people (but 5 households) I would need to get PP. Is this right and could they refuse it? Everything is fully HMO compliant at the moment.
Good to hear from you again. See my responses to your questions below.
I hope this is helpful. Let me know if you need anything else.
REFERRING TO MS PECKS POST:
'Anyway cut a long story short I was just short of 4 years but a planning solicitor had advised me to empty the studios out so as not to alert the enforcement officers which I did but later found out that this would have scuppered the 4 year rule because there would not be continuity.'
AM I RIGHT TO THINK THAT THE EMPTYING IS IRRELEVANT ASSUMING NO OTHER USE TOOK PLACE, I.E. THE PLANNING USE WAS NOT ABANDONED OR REPLACED?
Could you explain how the neighbour consultation process works under permitted development?
The 'Permitted development rights for householders technical guidance' document refers to paragraph A.4 of class A for details, however this section does not exist within that document.
Thanks in advance
We have a lock-up shop with permission for retail use but have a podiatrist that would like to rent it which I believe requires D1 use. Do we have to make a full planning application to see if this is possible or is there a way that won't take so long? The shop is in South Gloucestershire and I've been unable to speak to anyone at the Council who can help - they just advise that I make a pre-planning application that, at the moment can take between 6 - 8 week for a response.