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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE: 3RD FEBRUARY, 2011

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 19TH JANUARY, 2011

 

 

"C1192          WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION: PROPOSED CHANGES TO HOUSEHOLDER PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (PT) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -

 

The consultation document, published on 23rd November, 2010 which was attached at Appendix A, sought views on the proposal to amend Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 as amended for Wales.  Responses were invited by 15th February, 2011. 

 

The proposed consultation exercise stemmed from WAG's wish to provide freedom for householders to make certain improvements and alterations to their homes and surrounding area without the need to make a planning application.  The purpose of the amendments were to allow householders freedom to make more improvements and alterations within their property without planning permission, to set conditions for some permitted development rights so developments were carried out in a way that minimised impact on others, and to take into account flood prevention measures and to place more restrictions on permitted development within World Heritage Sites.

 

The key issue for WAG in undertaking the consultation was whether the General Permitted Development Order 1995 should take a more impact-based approach to determine whether householder development should be granted permission by the Order rather than the volume-based approach that previously existed in England, and currently existed in Wales.  This approach would then give householders greater freedom to extend their properties without needing to apply for planning permission, with various other benefits outlined in the report. 

 

In terms of the response, it was recommended that the comments detailed in Appendix B to the report be forwarded to WAG in response to their consultation.  In brief, concerns amounted to the fact that changes were likely to increase the complexity of the system and introduce additional caveats and conditions.  In turn, this would result in greater involvement in officers in determining whether development is in fact permitted or not, and whether there was compliance with all the suggested conditions.  This was at a time of increasing competition for resources and was therefore regrettable. 

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T Cabinet notes the release of the Welsh Assembly Government Consultation.

 

(2)       T H A T, subject to consultation with the Planning Committee, Cabinet approved the response to the consultation on the proposal to amend Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 as amended for Wales.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To inform Cabinet of the consultation being undertaken by the Welsh Assembly Government on the proposals to amend Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 as amended for Wales.

 

(2)       To enable Cabinet to respond to the consultation by 15th February, 2011."

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 19th January, 2011