Guide to Development Management at Gateshead - page 33

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Guide to Development Management at Gateshead
Exceptions to householder
permitted development rights
Although works can often be carried out under permitted
development rights there are some cases where these rights
have been removed or restricted when your house was first built.
In these cases any development would require planning
permission irrespective of its size and location. Please be
careful as websites such as the Planning Portal will not have
this specific information as to your specific property history
and will only provide a general guide.
Any external alterations to flats (including Tyneside flats)
will require planning permission. If you live in Saltwell
Conservation Area, most of the permitted development rights
were removed in January 2011, and most works will now
require planning permission.
If you believe your property may have restrictions applied to it
(this information may well be within your deeds) you can contact
our Development Information Officers on
(0191) 433 3416
or
433 3150
for further advice.
Changes of Use
In some cases changing the use of your commercial property
from one use to another will not require planning permission. If
the existing and proposed uses fall within the same Use Class
(as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes)
Order 1987 as amended) then changes can be carried out
without needing planning permission. For example changing from
a clothing shop to a greengrocer does not require consent as
both uses fall within Use Class A1(retail).
In some cases you can also change use between different use
classes. For example you can change from Class A5 (public
house) to Class A1 (retail) or A2 (financial and professional
service) without needing planning permission and this can be
confusing to those who may wish to object to such
development. In most other cases planning permission will
normally be required when you wish to change the use of a
building, it is always best to check first. Central Government has
reviewed the Use Classes Order including permitted changes
between classes some of which are on a temporary basis. You
can get more information on the planning portal or contact our
Development Information Officers on
(0191) 433 3416 or 433
3150
for further advice.
Extending Existing Commercial Premises
Most extensions to commercial premises will require planning
permission although central government changes in April
2010 allow a greater number of minor commercial extensions
to businesses and institutional buildings to be classed as
permitted development.
Building new premises will almost always require planning
permission. If you are unsure please contact Development
Management to check first. You can contact our Development
Information Officers on
(0191) 433 3416 or 433 3150
for
further advice.
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