Planning changes to be aware of in 2019

January 2019

After the introduction of the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2018, there will be a number of further important changes to expect in the coming months, these are likely to include the following.

  • EU withdrawal - This is unlikely to result in any changes to the existing Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) or Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) legislation.
  • Local Council reorganisation - As of April 2019, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council's will form a new unitary authority.
  • Permitted Development - The Governments latest consultation paper on changes to PD rights is set to close on 14th January. This latest paper explores the possibility for extending the conversion of a storage and distribution use to residential, this is currently due to expire in 2019. In addition, the paper explores the possibility to the demolition of existing commercial buildings and the redevelopment to residential use.
  • Letwin Review (build-out) - The government is set to respond to the Letwin review in February which may hand greater powers to planning authorities to require greater diversity of housing on larger sites and statutory powers for Councils to buy large sites at a maximum of ten times the existing use value.