In late June, the Prime Minister announced, as part of his 'build, build, build' speech, to make the most "radical reforms to our planning system since the second world war". Building upon the direction of travel indicated in the planning reform: supporting the high street and increasing the delivery on new homes consultation conducted between October 2018 and January 2019, a US style zonal system was mooted as a means to speed up the UK's "overly bureaucratic" planning system.
On 21 July 2020, the Government laid before Parliament Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the Use Classes Regulations”). The Use Classes Regulations amend the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 by creating a new Schedule 2 containing new use
classes for England.
Combined with two amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1, these changes have far reaching implications for the fundamentals of the planning process and represent some of the most significant changes since the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework in 2012.
This guidance note provides a full overview of the changes and our thoughts on the likely implications (right), plus you can also view/download our useful 'poster' highlighting each Use Class amendment (below).
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