UK: Changes to permitted development rights – have your say

Proposals to cut red tape in the planning system could mean that farmers and landowners will be able to build, convert, and extend more without needing planning permission.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has recently launched a consultation on a massive expansion to permitted development rights.

The changes can be seen as the culmination of promises made in the Unleashing Rural Opportunity Paper as well as promises made by the Prime Minister in the Farm to Fork Summit on relaxing planning regulations.

The proposals will allow farmers, landowners, and rural communities to build, convert, and extend more without having to obtain planning permission. The proposals include permitted development right expansions for:

  • barn to housing conversions
  • the extension and erection of warehousing
  • farm diversification
  • farm buildings.

The NFU has collected member views on the proposed changes to permitted development rights to help inform NFU policy and standing to the proposals. Our online form has now closed for submissions.

If you want to submit your views directly to the government, you can do so via the government's consultation page up until September 25, 2023.


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