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New and Revised Permitted Development Rights from 19th September 2012

Published on Fri, 14 Sep 2012 by legislation.planning@doeni.gov.uk.
The Planning (General Development) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012
New planning legislation The Planning (General Development) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012 comes into operation on 19th September 2012 to provide revised permitted development rights for industrial buildings and warehouses and new permitted development rights for shops, financial and professional services establishments, office premises, schools, colleges, universities and hospitals and the demolition of buildings. The new and revised permitted development rights will be subject to specified limitations and conditions. The Order will also reduce the maximum number of copies of forms, plans and drawings that need to accompany planning applications from 6 to 3.
New planning arrangements for the demolition of Buildings.
The new permitted development rights for demolition of buildings is part of an adjustment to the controls over demolition of buildings in order to comply with EC-based case law and is associated with the publication of a revised Departmental Direction on Demolition and Development. From the 19th September demolition of most types of buildings will be regarded as development but the demolition of many buildings will have "permitted development rights" granted by the Amendment Order referred to above. Most minor day to day demolition of buildings outside Areas of Townscape and Village Character will therefore not require you to submit a planning application. However, where demolition is likely to have significant effects on the environment, permitted development rights are set aside and a planning application accompanied by an environmental statement will be required. Guidance for developers is set out in Public Information Leaflets 1 (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 115 KB) (Your Permitted Development Rights and Environmental Impact Assessment) and 9 (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 29 KB) (Demolition and Planning Control) available online from 19th September.  More detailed advice on Environmental Impact Assessment generally will be set out in a revised Development Control Advice Note Number 10 (Revised) Environmental Impact Assessment (Opens PDF document in a new browser window 115 KB) also available online on 19th September. If you are uncertain as to whether your demolition project is EIA Development it is recommended that you contact your local area planning office and seek advice.

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