Amendments to existing planning law came into force on 30th September, extending permitted development rights in relation to dwellings.
Permitted development rights allow for certain classes of minor works to be carried out to land and property without planning permission. Homeowners are therefore at liberty to carry out works without administrative delays and planning authorities are better able to concentrate their resources on applications for larger or more significant projects.
Permitted development rights are an important part of the planning system throughout the UK, but are becoming more extensive in Wales as the Welsh Government continues its effort to strike the right balance between protecting the local environment and avoiding undue interference with individual property rights.
These latest amendments permit certain small extensions to the sides and rear of a property, the addition of a small second storey and alterations to the roof (subject to certain limitations).
The Planning Portal website has been updated to reflect these changes. In addition, the Welsh Government has produced guidance to help householders interpret the changes, see Planning: A Guide for Householders (new window)