The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government have launched a consultation regarding permitted development rights and their role in the planning system.
One of the reasons why listed buildings are so difficult to own is because owners do not have any permitted development rights at all. This means many small scale works require planning permission in addition to listed building consent. A good example is the need for listed building owners to seek full planning permission to put up a garden fence.
The Club will be responding to the consultation putting the case for listed buildings to gain a small amount of permitted development rights, especially for sheds and fences. This is a perfect example of the kind of change the government is looking for; where the system can be made more efficient without sacrificing any protections.
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