Achieving greater planning potential for clients via GPDO
Do you wish that sometimes you could wave a magic wand and planning
approval would be granted? Sadly one doesn't yet exist, but possibly the next best thing is the GPDO that grants a
blanket deemed consent for various types of development through all its 40+ categories.
Most people are familiar with the need to apply for planning permission to develop. However
fewer are aware of the usefulness of the GPDOs deemed consents and that they are not just for householder
developments, but for a whole range of uses and development.
Whilst planning applications will require a judgement of policy and effect from the local
authority, the GPDO (General Permitted Development Order) requires a simple determination of fact to establish if
your development constitutes permitted development. The resulting development will have a Certificate of Lawfulness
of either permitted development or use which has the same weight as a planning permission and is a much lighter
How might this be applied to your own cases? If you deal with commercial development, the
attached case study illustrates how this part of the planning system can apply for commercial schemes. To
demonstrate the wide range, other GPDO cases I am currently dealing with include the laying of railtrack at a mine;
using the deemed consent argument to build a case for a planning permission for a granny annex and; an appeal for
replacement dwelling in the Green Belt also using the deemed consent argument to support the case for a larger
As can be seen from just these few examples from my current cases, the GPDO is immensely broad
and can be used in a number of different ways, directly or indirectly, for the benefit of your clients. When
coupled with attention to the functional design aspects of a scheme, as with the granny annex, it can be a very
powerful tool indeed.
With the changes to the planning system, the GPDO and Use Classes Order are being broadened
still further, making them even more useful.