Planning Matters

South Somerset District Council Planning News:   The Council Planners have now confirmed that the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charge will be implemented on 1 April 2017, based on a charge of £40 per square metre.   This will affect all newly-built properties with the date of the Planning decision coming after the date of implementation of the CIL.   It will also affect domestic property owners considering carrying out significant extension works.   This is effectively a tax on new buildings and larger extensions.   Many other Local Authorities in the surrounding areas have already implemented this charge and therefore if any clients are now considering development work then Planning applications should be submitted as a matter of urgency.

The local Planning requirements under the Part Q Permitted Development Order relating to barn conversion have now been modified.   Traditional steel-framed Dutch barns are likely to be excluded from permitted development.   Basically, if four walls need rebuilding within the steel frame of the barn then it is not likely to fall within the Permitted Development Order and will require a formal Planning application.

South Somerset District Council has also now confirmed that they will start charging for pre-application advice, commencing 1 April 2017.   The charges have not yet been agreed.   Up to this date SSDC will not be charging for pre-application advice.

There have also been some modifications with regard to houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) within certain areas of Yeovil.   For these areas Article 4 Direction has now been issued, which means that where previously Planning Permission was not require if less than six people were to occupy individual houses, Planning Permission will now be required if more than three people occupy these houses under this scheme.    If any clients are likely to be affected by this change to their proposed and future developments, then we would be pleased to provide further information and assistance through the Planning process.

For clients who are considering new developments or extensions requring Planning Permission, we are happy to give advice on the changes regarding CIL or any other Planning and Building Regulations matters, including applications for works to Listed Buildings.