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Up not Out – New Permitted Development Rights


There has now been the long-awaited new rights update come into effect on the 1 August 2020 for permanent development which could also be followed by a rollout to include all detached properties in England. 

How The Permitted Development Update Could Affect Homes 

New Permitted Development rights have now been rolled out to allow two-storey upwards extensions to blocks of flats and will come into force on 1 August, the Government has announced.

It has been expected to come in to place for several months now. This change is to enable Permitted Development rights that will be allocated first to purpose-built blocks of flats, and then eventually being rolled out to all detached properties.

In the Local Governments and Ministry of Housing Communities ‘Planning for the Future’ document, Housing secretary Robert Jenrick said, “We will introduce new permitted development rights for building upwards on existing buildings by summer 2020, including to extend residential blocks by up to two storeys and to deliver new and bigger homes.”

The confirmation of this move from the Government notably means that Permitted Development rights could be changed so renovators and extenders looking to expand their homes are able to extend upwards, working with developers like BRAC Developments

What Does The New Permitted Development Update Say?

It has been confirmed in the update to the Town and Country Planning Regulations 2020, that from 1 August planning permission will be granted for self-contained flats to be built on top of some existing, purpose-built blocks of flats. 

There is certain criteria subject to prior approval that the upward extensions need to meet. A formal submission to a local planning authority in order to seek confirmation that specified parts of development are acceptable is needed before development can commence. Developers such as BRAC Developments will be able to assist you with this. 

The planning permission will be restricted to include buildings of three storeys or more in height. The extended building must also not be more than 30 metres in total height. 

There has been a table of rule changes created by the Government for councils to use to identify refusals such as Permitted Development right conversions that create homes that are windowless or lack adequate natural light. The aim of this is to improve the quality of new homes that are delivered under the Permitted Development.

Could Detached Homes Be Next?

It has been proposed that the expansion of this Permitted Development right could include and make it simpler for extenders and renovators to build upwards, which will allow growing families to expand their homes without having to move.

However, there have been concerns raised. These concerns include that rolling this right out further could have a negative impact on communities. This could lead to a rise in poorly designed buildings and leaving no formal route for people in the community to object. 

Speaking at the National Planning Summit, Housing Minister Christopher Pincher confirmed that further Permitted Development rights easing the conversion of retail space and offices into new homes would also shortly be revealed. 

He said, “We’ll look to do further such innovation shortly so that we can make better use of our existing building infrastructure and better use of commercial office space such as offices and retail moving into residential use.” 

There is yet to be a date scheduled for the legislation to be extended for the inclusion of detached properties. 

BRAC Developments can help you to release the biggest asset you have right now. We realise the potential of your building’s roof space and specialise in the redevelopment of flat roofs above existing residential and commercial buildings.

Get in touch today to discuss your project. Why not  call us on 01268 573933 or send a message to enquiries@brac-contracts.co.uk. Further information about our full service range can be found on our website.