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Agenda Item No.

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

PLANNING COMMITTEE: 7th FEBRUARY, 2013.

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 14TH JANUARY, 2013.

 

C1974         WELSH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION REGARDING PROPOSED CHANGES TO NON-DOMESTIC PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (RIPT) (SCRUTINY – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT)

 

Approval was sought for the submission of the Councils response to a consultation by the Welsh Government on proposed changes to non-domestic permitted development rights. The response, attached as Appendix B to the report, had already been issued to the Welsh Government with the advice that any further comments made by Cabinet be forwarded in due course. This was because the deadline for submission was 11th January, 2013.

 

The consultation document, attached at Appendix A to the report, formed part of the Welsh Government's programme of measures to improve the planning application process.  The paper takes forward a commitment of consultation upon potential changes to non-domestic permitted development rights (PDRs) in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (the GPDO) with the aim of improving the operation of the planning application system. 

 

The GPDO allowed minor development to be undertaken under a deemed grant of planning permission without the need to submit a planning application, this was known as "permitted development".

This consultation paper sought the Council's views on the Welsh Government's proposed changes to part 3 (Changes of Use), Part 8 (Industrial and Warehouse development) and Part 32 (Schools, Colleges, Universities and Hospitals) of the GPDO.  The proposed changes sought to expand, and in some cases tighten, PDRs in these particular classes.

 

The proposals would require, that in certain cases, new hard surfaces associated with industrial or warehouse development to be made of permeable material and would provide greater protection for World Heritage Sites.  The consultation paper also sought responses on proposed new permitted development rights for office buildings, shops and financial and professional services establishments (use classes B1(a), A1 and A2 of the schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987) (the Use Classes Order).

 

The Councils response advised that in general terms, the changes proposed were considered to be acceptable and sensible.  However, there were some concerns expressed at the possible impact of proposed development on neighbouring properties, the need to protect parking and manoeuvring areas and the need for similar materials to be used throughout a development.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the content of the report and the response attached at appendix A as previously forwarded to the Welsh Government in response to the consultation exercise be endorsed.

 

(2)       T H A T a copy of this report be referred to the Planning Committee for information purposes.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To inform Welsh Government of the Vale of Glamorgan Council's position with regard to this consultation.

 

(2)       To inform the Planning Committee of the response to this consultation.

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 14TH  January, 2013

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