Published date: 07 May 2021

Town Planning Update: changes to General Permitted Development

The Government has introduced a series of new and amended Permitted Development Rights (PD Rights) through a new Order. The new measures announced by the Government include some significant changes that will affect both the NHS Property Services (NHSPS) and wider health estate.

Our previous note (July 2020 – see here) provided a summary of the new use classes order, including the introduction of the new Use Class E (commercial, business and services).

This note focuses on:

  • A new permitted development right to allow for the change of use from the Commercial, Business and Service use (Class E) to Residential use (Class C3)
    • Potential for conversion of existing Health Centres, Offices and other Class E uses to residential without the need for planning permission.
  • Amendment to permitted development right for schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and prisons.
    • New and expanded rights for new buildings and extensions on existing Hospital sites.

Read the guidance note

Read the guidance note

This is a general guide only and is not intended to be comprehensive or a substitute for taking detailed professional advice. No liability is accepted for the information it contains or any errors or omissions.

Want to know more?

As the only dedicated and professional town planning team in the NHS, we offer specialist town planning advice for our customers and the wider NHS. This includes supporting planning appraisals and applications, protecting NHS rights to our buildings, and monitoring and responding to emerging planning policies.

If you'd like to know more, visit our Town Planning page or get in touch with our Customer Support Centre

Learn more