This consultation outlines several proposed changes to permitted development rights:

  • To enhance flexibility for homeowners in accommodating growing families and maximizing the potential of their current residences, we are considering various adjustments to these rights. These changes aim to allow larger extensions and grant more freedom to construct outbuildings.
  • To support the construction of new homes, we are exploring the possibility of amending existing upward building rights to broaden the range of buildings eligible for these rights. Additionally, we are seeking input on modifying the demolition and rebuild right to expand the types of buildings that can benefit from it and permit larger rebuild footprints.
  • In order to provide increased flexibility for households and businesses interested in installing electric vehicle charging stations, we are considering several alterations to the relevant rights. Feedback is being sought on whether permitted development rights should encompass units necessary for the operation of electric vehicle charge points, such as equipment housing or storage cabinets. We are also seeking input on revisions to the permitted development right for air source heat pumps, including a review of the requirement that they must be at least 1 meter from the property boundary.