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Country Planning Key Changes
- Key changes
to Town & Country Planning (General Development
Procedure)(Amendment)(England) Order 2010 (PDF 91 KB, opens in new
From 6 April 2010, following the Killian Pretty review, the
Government is amending existing statutory provisions in relation
- Design and Access Statements - the
range of development exempt from the requirements is expanded.
- Time limits for lodging planning
appeals - a new reduced time limit of 28 days where the
development is subject to an enforcement notice.
- Non-material changes to permitted
development - a new reduced time limit for lodging an appeal of
- Publicity for planning applications - the time period for the
display of site notices for listed building and conservation area
consent, or applications affecting the same, is amended from 7
to 21 days.
- Changes to non-domestic PD -
permitted development in relation to industry and
warehousing, schools, colleges, universities and hospitals, office
buildings, and shops is expanded.
- Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) - a change of use from
HMO (C4) to a dwelling (C3) is now permitted.
Agency free Pre-Application Advice Service
The Environment Agency
offer a free pre-application service. If the proposed
development site is a hectare or more, in flood zones 2 or 3, close
to a watercourse or on potentially contaminated land it is
worthwhile using this service to check the likely EA response at
Minor Non-material Amendments and for Extension of Time
Please note that fees for minor non-material amendments and for
extensions of time are being introduced from 26th February
Conservation Area Appraisals for Bovingdon and
The Conservation Character Appraisals for Bovingdon and
Chipperfield Conservation Areas are now available for
Non-material Amendments to Planning
Arrangements came in on 1st October 2009 to formalise
the procedure for all non-material
amendments (opens in new window)to planning permissions (for
example changing the position of a window where there would
be no overlooking issues involved or changing the external
materials). New forms apply (see above link).
Extension of Planning Permissions
Planning Permission extension
arrangements were clarified as arrangements came
into force on 1st October 2009 to enable the time period on
planning permissions to be extended.
New forms and fees apply (opens in new window).
Charges for Documents, Pre-Application Advice and
Following a review of charges in October 2008,
the Council adopted new Charges for
Advice and Invalid
Applications, and for Application Checking.
Highbarns Chalk Mines
Ground investigation work has been taking place
in the Highbarns area of Hemel Hempstead.
A geological survey focused on a relatively
limited area around the junction of Pond Road, Highbarns and East
Green has revealed evidence of old chalk workings.
Dacorum Borough Council is working closely with
Hertfordshire County Council to assess the situation in more detail
and develop an appropriate plan for further action.
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Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment)(No.
2)(England) Order 2008
As from 1 October 2008, amendments to the
General Permitted Development Order Regulations in respect of Part
1 householder permitted development (PD) rights came into force.
This is the first major review of householder PD rights since June
1995. This comes hot off the heals of Part 40 PD rights which were
introduced in April this year in respect of the Installation of
Domestic Microgeneration Equipment. Further advice on PD rights can
be found on the Do I need Planning
Please note that, due to the complexity of the
new regulations, householders are strongly advised to get
Development Certificate to establish beyond doubt whether their
proposed development would or wouldn't constitute PD under the new
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The East of England Plan was published 12 May
2008. This document sets out the scale, broad location and timing
of future development across the region.
Please also see the GO East website for further
Review of the East of England Plan
The East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) is
carrying out an early review of the East of England Plan which was
published in May 2008. As the first stage, EERA has
published a draft project plan explaining how the revised Plan
will be prepared, and a draft statement of public
participation setting out proposals for stakeholder and public
participation in the process.
Copies of the documents can be found on EELGA's
website at http://www.eelga.gov.ukIf there are
any queries about the process please contact EELGA either at
on 01284 729442 or 729440.
You can also view the documents in the Planning
Reception at the Civic Centre, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead.
Discharge of Conditions on Planning Approvals now fee
For more information please see the Discharge of Conditions page.
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Validation checklists for planning applications
checklists were adopted on 27 March 2008 for the purpose of
validating planning applications. To take effect from 7th April
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