A consultation paper, Proposed changes to householder permitted development rights, is being issued today (23 November 2010) and people are invited to send in their views.
Proposals include conditions to minimise impact on neighbours and also take account of flood prevention by requiring the use of porous materials for hard surfaces, for example, porous asphalt, permeable concrete block paving, or making provision for water to drain naturally.
Environment Minister, Jane Davidson, said:
“Our proposals are detailed and include a guidance document to make it easier for people to understand the changes they can make without needing planning permission. We think we have struck the right balance in helping local planning authorities redirect their resources by taking some of the small planning applications out of the system whilst safeguarding the impact on neighbours.”
Responses to the consultation can be made from today until 15 February 2011.