There are many things that a householder can do without the need for applying for planning permission. This is called permitted development and is set nationally by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (GPDO).
However, in South Northamptonshire we have extended those permitted development rights so that people can extend their homes even larger without the need for planning permission. This has been through the adoption of a Local Development Order (LDO).
What are the benefits of a Local Development Order?
A Local Development Order is designed to make planning simpler for selected types of development. The purpose is to make the process faster, and more predictable. This is because the rules are clearly set out in advance, and approval is given by a Certificate of Compliance with the rules. There is no consultation, there is no planning committee involvement, instead an assessment is made whether the paperwork that an applicant has submitted complies with the LDO, or not.
The LDO makes it easier for householders to make certain home improvements. The LDO offers a faster, more predictable alternative to a planning application, but you may choose to make a planning application instead if you would prefer. The table below summarises the key features of a planning application and an LDO Certificate of Compliance.
|Question||LDO Certificate of Compliance||Traditional Planning Application|
|Is there an application form?||Yes||Yes|
|Is there a fee payable?||Yes, £400||Yes, £206|
|What is the timescale?||Target time is 10 working days for a decision||Target time is 8 weeks for a decision, but it could take longer if called to Committee|
|Is there public consultation?||No||Yes, for a minimum of 21 days|
|Who makes the decision?||A planning officer||Either a planning officer or the Planning Committee|
|Can someone ask for Planning Committee to make the decision?||No||Yes|
|Is a site location plan needed?||Yes, to scale 1:1250||Yes, to appropriate scale|
|Are block plans and elevations needed?||Yes, to appropriate scale||Yes, to appropriate scale|
|Is a supporting statement needed?||Yes||No|
|Do other rules, such as Building Regulations, apply?||Yes, and these are set out in the LDO itself, for reference||Yes|