Planning changes and law updates
Find out what changes or updates have been made to all planning applications and their process.
Article 4 Direction - Residential Extensions
The Council has confirmed an article 4 direction restricting permitted development rights for residential properties which will come into force on 22 September 2014.
The Council of the London Borough of Hillingdon made an Article 4(1) Direction on 20 September 2013 under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, as amended. The Direction relates to development comprising the enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwelling house where the enlarged part would have a single storey and would:
- Extend beyond the rear wall of the original dwelling house by more than 4 metres
The Article 4(1) direction removes permitted development rights for this type of development from the date when the Direction comes into force. Planning permission will therefore be required for such development once the Article 4 Direction is in force.
This Notice confirms that the Council consulted on the Article 4 Direction from 25th September 2013 and 25th October 2013 and has now considered representations received during this period. The Council confirmed the Direction at a meeting on 10th July 2014 (and the Direction was confirmed under seal on 22 July 2014) therefore it comes into force on 22 September 2014.
This affects extensions, house alterations and paving over of front gardens.
Permitted development rights for all householder developments were altered on 1 October 2008.
The new legislation changes the criteria for permitted development, i.e. development which does not require planning permission. Controls were introduced on paving over of front gardens, with planning permission required for any new area of hardstanding over 5 sq.m, unless the surface allows water to drain away naturally.
'The Planning Portal' has developed visual guides for householders which outline common household projects.
Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
From March 2013, Hillingdon Council has made changes to the planning rules for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
New rules governing house extensions and commercial changes of use
The key changes include allowing the following without the need for planning permission.
- Larger single storey rear extensions to residential properties
- Larger extensions to industrial and warehousing premises, shops and offices
- Conversions from offices to residential uses
- More flexible uses of shops, offices and agricultural buildings
- Easier conversion of premises for school uses
- Telecom installations in conservation areas
Note: If you want to carry out one of the above you will still need to notify us of what you want to do and in most cases will need to seek prior approval.
Full details of the criteria and procedure are contained in the legislation and on the Planning Portal's Website
Tree Work legislation
All new applications are required by law to be made on a national tree work application form.
Any new application that is not submitted on the national tree work application form, or is incomplete, or fails to include the required documentation, will be invalid.
Applicants will have the choice of submitting their application on a paper or electronic form. The electronic form is hosted by the Planning Portal.
The national tree work application form (and guidance notes) will be available to download on this website after 1 October 2008.
If you require assistance, please contact London Borough of Hillingdon Contact Centre on 01895 250230.
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