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Prior Approvals and Prior Notifications


A comprehensive list of all Prior Approval and Prior Notifications is available here, with their associated fees and links to their application forms.

Prior approval means that a developer has to seek approval from the local planning authority (Sedgemoor District Council) that specified elements of the development are acceptable before work can proceed. The matters for prior approval vary depending on the type of development and these are set out in full in the relevant parts in Schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order. SDC cannot consider any other matters when determining a prior approval application.

Prior approval is required for some change of use permitted development rights. Certain other types of permitted development including the erection of new agricultural buildings, demolition and the installation of telecommunications equipment also require prior approval. The matters which must be considered by the local planning authority in each type of development are set out in the relevant parts of Schedule 2 to the General Permitted Development Order.

The statutory requirements relating to prior approval are much less prescriptive than those relating to planning applications. This is deliberate, as prior approval is a light-touch process which applies where the principle of the development has already been established. Where no specific procedure is provided in the General Permitted Development Order, local planning authorities have discretion on what processes they put in place.

Please note:

  • Validation requirements for Prior Approval Notifications are set out in The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 Part 3 W.
  • Prior Approval application forms must be completed in full and include specific requirements depending on the proposal, relating to flood risk, transport / highways impacts, noise assessments, etc.
  • Development carried out using permitted development rights can be liable to pay a Community Infrastructure Levy charge.

 

Application for Prior Notification (Telecommunications)

Telecoms Prior Notifications should be used for proposals to carry out permitted development for telecoms apparatus under Part 16 of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 2015. The local planning authority has 56 days in which to let the applicant know of its decision whether a full application is required or to inform the applicant of its decision to allow or refuse approval. If no decision is made in this period consent is deemed granted.

It is often helpful to discuss your proposal with us before you send in your application - this is known as pre-application advice. Details on how to go about this are available in the Pre Application link below.

When making your submission, you will need to include 2 copies of the following items (unless the application is submitted electronically via the Planning Portal):

  • Completed Telecoms Prior Notification Form
  • Fee £385
  • Location plan at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 with the proposal. For example, the proposed structure edged in red, and any other land in the same ownership edged in blue
  • Block plan at a scale of 1:500 or 1:200, which shows the layout showing the fenced compounds etc, drawn to scale
  • Proposed elevations at a scale of 1:50 or 1:100 showing the mast, antennae, dishes, etc.

Application Form

Guidance Notes

 

Application for Prior Notification of Agricultural or Forestry Development - Proposed Building

Agricultural Prior Notifications should be used for proposals to carry out certain agricultural and forestry developments permitted under Part 6 of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 2015. The local planning authority has 28 days in which to let the applicant know of its decision whether a full application is required or to inform the applicant of its decision to allow or refuse approval.

A prior notification application form should be submitted for the following types of development relating to agricultural units of 5 hectares or more:

  • Building, significant extension or significant alteration of a building
  • Formation or alteration of a private way
  • Carrying out of certain excavations and waste disposal
  • Placing or assembly of a tank or cage for use in fish farming in any waters on forestry land to (I) and (ii) above
  • Proposed road
  • Proposed excavation/deposit of waste
  • Building a fish tank

Anyone proposing to carry out such development must apply to the planning authority in advance for a determination as to whether the authority's prior approval of certain details is required.

You may find it useful to contact our Planning Duty Officer, who will be able to provide you with informal advice with this type of application.

When making your submission, you will need to include the following:

  • Completed Agricultural Prior Notification Form
  • Fee of £80
  • Location plan at a scale of 1:1250 or 1:2500 with the proposal. For example: agricultural buildings edged in red, and any other land in the same ownership edged in blue

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Validation Checklist 

 

Notification for Prior Approval for a Proposed Larger Home Extension

This notification can be used by a household to notify a local planning authority of the intention to use the permitted development rights to build a single-storey rear extensions between 4m and 8m projection (on a detached house); between 3m and 6m in any other case. Extensions must be 4m or less in height. These temporary rights do not apply to Article 1(5) land (i.e. Conservation Areas) or SSSI.

If the Prior Approval Procedure is applicable to your proposal:

  • The Council must write to adjoining neighbours.
  • If no objection is received, we can formally confirm that Prior Approval is not required.
  • If an objection is received, we must then assess impact on residential amenity. We then decide whether the proposal can be granted accordingly having taken residential amenity into account.
  • Must assess impact on all neighbours not just the one who objected.
  • We can ask for additional information at this stage if necessary.
  • We have a 42 day deadline after which Prior Approval is deemed to be granted.
  • The extension must be completed by 30 May 2019 and the applicant must notify the Council of completion in writing.

There is no fee for this type of Prior Approval Procedure.

Application Form

Guidance Notes

Checklists

  • All sections of the Notification Application form completed in full, dated and signed (typed signature if sent electronically).
  • No Fee
  • Location Plan
  • Block / Site Plan (existing and proposed)

For other Householder applications please go to our Householder Application page.

Prior Approval Agricultural Building to Dwelling

Notification for Prior Approval for a Proposed Change of Use of Agricultural Building to a Dwellinghouse (Class C3), and for Associated Operational Development. As per Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class Q

Development is not permitted where the proposed change of use would result in more than 3 dwellinghouses that have a cumulative floor space of more than 450 square metres being created within an "established agricultural unit" (which means agricultural land occupied as a unit for the purposes of agriculture on or before 20 March 2013, or for ten years before the date the proposed development will begin).

Development is not permitted where the building is a listed building, the site is or contains a scheduled monument, is located on Article 2 (3) land, or the site is, or forms part of a site of special scientific interest, a safety hazard area or a military explosives storage area.

 

Prior Approval Agricultural Building to Office / Shops / Hotel

Notification for Prior Approval for a Proposed Change of Use of Agricultural Building to a flexible use within Shops, Financial and Professional services, Restaurants and Cafes, Business, Storage or Distribution, Hotels, or Assembly or Leisure*

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class R

*Development is not permitted where the building exceeds 500 square metres or is a listed building or Scheduled Ancient Monument or is or forms part of a safety hazard area or military explosives storage area.

Prior Approval Agricultural to State-Funded School or Registered Nursery

Notification for Prior Approval for a Proposed Change of Use from an Agricultural Building and any land within its curtilage to a State-Funded School* or Registered Nursery** Schedule 2, Part 3, Class S. As per Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015

* "state-funded school" means a school funded wholly or mainly from public funds including an Academy school, and alternative provision Academy or a 16 to 19 Academy established under the Academies Act 2010, or a school maintained by a local authority as defined in section 142(1) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

** "registered nursery" means non-domestic premises in respect of which a person is registered under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006 to provide early years provision.

Development is not permitted where the combined floor area of building and land ("the site") proposed to change use exceeds 500 square metres. Development is not permitted where the building is a listed building, the site is or contains a scheduled monument, or the site is, or forms part of a site of special scientific interest, a safety hazard area or a military explosives storage area.

 

Prior Approval Amusement Arcades / Centres / Casinos, (Sui Generis Uses) to Dwellings

Notification for Prior Approval for a Change of Use from Amusement Arcades/Centres and Casinos, (Sui Generis Uses) and any land within its curtilage to Dwellinghouses (Class C3). Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 -Schedule 2, Part 3, Class N.

Development consisting of a change of use of amusement arcades/centres and casinos (sui generis) of up to 150 m2 of floor space to a use falling within class C3 (dwellinghouses) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order and to carry out associated building works that are reasonably necessary to make this change.

After changing to a residential use, existing permitted development rights for dwelling houses (Class C3) will not apply.

The new right does not apply in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads and World Heritage Sites, Listed Buildings or land within the curtilage of Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, or in Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Safety Hazard Areas and Military Explosives Storage Areas.

 

Prior Approval Erection or Construction of Collection Facility within the Curtilage of a Shop

Notification for Prior Approval for a Development Consisting of the Erection or Construction of a Collection Facility within the Curtilage of a Shop. Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 - Schedule 2, Part 7, Class C.

The provision of a single click and collect facility within the curtilage of a shop, for example, on car parks. One facility per retail premises may be erected. Any buildings will be limited to 4 metres in height and a gross floor space of up to 20m2*.

*The right does not apply in conservation areas, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads and World Heritage Sites. Nor do they apply to land within the curtilage of Listed Buildings or Scheduled Monuments, or Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

 

Prior Approval for Temporary Use of Buildings or Land for the Purpose of Commercial Film-Making

Notification for Prior Approval for the Temporary Use of Buildings or Land for the Purpose of Commercial Film-Making and the Associated Temporary Structures, Works, Plant or Machinery required in Connection with that Use. Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 - Schedule 2, Part 4, Class E.

Development consisting of temporary use of land and buildings for commercial film making and any associated operational development*.

The new right allows the temporary use of any land or buildings for a period not exceeding 9 months in any 27 month period for the purpose of commercial film making and the provision on such land, during the filming period, of any temporary structures, works, plant or machinery required in connection with that use.

Development is not permitted on land which is more than 1.5 hectares or for overnight accommodation.

*The right does not apply in conservation areas, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads and World Heritage Sites. Nor does it apply to Listed Buildings or land within the curtilage of Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, to Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Safety Hazard Areas or Military Explosives Storage Areas.

Prior Approval Installation / Alteration / Replacement of Solar Photovoltaics (PV) (Non Domestic)

Notification for Prior Approval for the Installation, Alteration or Replacement of other Solar Photovoltaics (PV) equipment on the Roofs of Non-domestic Buildings, up to a Capacity of 1 Megawatt, subject to certain limitations*. As per Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 14, Class J

*The right does not apply in relation to any roof slope which fronts a highway in Conservation Areas, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads and World Heritage Sites. Nor do they apply to Listed Buildings or on a building within the curtilage of a Listed Building or Scheduled Monuments.

Prior Approval Office Use to Dwellings

Notification for Prior Approval for a Proposed Change of Use of a building from Office Use (Class B1(a)) to a Dwellinghouse (Class C3). As per Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class O

Development consisting of a change of use of a building and any land within its curtilage to a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order from a use falling within Class B1(a) (offices) of that Schedule. Development is not permitted where the building is on Article 2(5) land, is a Listed Building or is within the curtilage of a listed building or the site is, or contains, a Scheduled Monument, or is or forms part of a safety hazard area or military explosives storage area.

 

Prior Approval Retail Use / Mixed Retail and Residential Use to Dwellings

Notification for Prior Approval for a Proposed Change of Use of a Building from Shops (Class A1), Financial and Professional Services (Class A2), a Betting Office, Pay Day Loan Shop, Launderette or a Mixed Use Combining Use as a Dwellinghouse with a Betting Office, Pay Day Loan Shop, Launderette, Shops (Class A1) or Financial and Professional Services (Class A2) to a use falling within Class C3 (Dwellinghouses), and for Associated Operational Development. Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class M

Development is not permitted where the cumulative floor space changing use exceeds 150 square metres.

Development is not permitted where the building is a listed building, or is a scheduled monument, or where the building is located on Article 2(3) land, in a site of special scientific interest, in a safety hazard area or in a military explosives storage area.

Prior Approval Shops and Financial and Professional Services, Betting Offices, Pay Day Loan Shops (Sui Generis Uses) to Assembly and Leisure Uses

Notification for Prior Approval for a Change of Use from Shops (Class A1) and Financial and Professional Services (Class A2), Betting Offices, Pay Day Loan Shops (Sui Generis Uses) to Assembly and Leisure Uses (Class D2). Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 - Schedule 2, Part 3, Class J.

Development consisting of a change of use of shops (Class A1) and financial and professional services (Class A2), Betting Offices, Pay Day Loan Shops (Sui Generis Uses) with an upper threshold of 200m2 of total floor space to a use falling within Class D2 assembly and leisure uses of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order*.

Permitted development rights to convert a D2 premises to a registered nursery or state funded school do not apply to premises that change to D2 use under these rights.

*The permitted development right does not apply in conservation areas, National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads and World Heritage sites. Nor do they apply to land within the curtilage of Listed Buildings and land within the curtilage of Listed buildings, Scheduled Monuments, Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Safety Hazard Areas or Military Explosives Storage Areas.

 

Prior Approval Shops, Financial and Professional Services, Betting Offices, Pay Day Loan Shops and Casinos (Sui Generis Uses) to Restaurants and Cafés

Notification for Prior Approval for a Change of Use from Shops (Class A1), Financial and Professional Services (Class A2), Betting Offices, Pay Day Loan Shops and Casinos (Sui Generis Uses) to Restaurants and Cafés (Class A3). Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 - Schedule 2, Part 3, Class C.

Development consisting of a change of use of shops (Class A1), financial and professional services (Class A2), betting offices, pay day loan shops and casinos of up to 150m2 floor space to a use falling within Class A3 restaurants and cafés of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order and for limited building works to allow the installation of extraction and ventilation units, and for waste storage and management*.

Premises may revert from Class A3 use to their original use class if that was Class A1 (shops) or Class A2 (financial and professional services) under existing permitted development rights. A planning application will be required for change of use from Class A3 to a betting office or pay day loan shop.

* The right does not apply to land within the curtilage of Listed Buildings or Scheduled Monuments, to Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Safety Hazard Areas and Military Explosives Storage Areas.

 

Prior Approval Storage or Distribution Buildings to Dwellings

Notification for Prior Approval for a Change Of Use from Storage or Distribution Buildings (Class B8) and any land within its curtilage to Dwellinghouses (Class C3). Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 - Schedule 2, Part 3, Class P.

Development consisting of a change of use of a building (up to 500m2 of floor space) to a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order from a use falling within Class B8 (storage or distribution buildings) of that Schedule.

After changing to a residential use, existing permitted development rights for dwelling houses (Class C3) will not apply.

The new right does not apply in National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads and World Heritage Sites, Listed Buildings or land within the curtilage of Listed Buildings, Scheduled Monuments, or in Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Safety Hazard Areas and Military Explosives Storage Areas.

Prior Approval to a State-Funded School or Registered Nursery

Notification for Prior Approval for Proposed Change of Use of a building and any land within its curtilage from Business (Class B1), Hotels (Class C1), Residential Institutions (Class C2),Secure Residential Institutions (Class C2A) or Assembly and Leisure (Class D2) to a state funded school* or a registered nursery**. As per Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 3, Class T

*"state-funded school" means a school funded wholly or mainly from public funds including an Academy school, and alternative provision Academy or a 16 to 19 Academy established under the Academies Act 2010, or a school maintained by a local authority as defined in section 142(1) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

**"registered nursery" means non-domestic premises in respect of which a person is registered under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006 to provide early years provision"

This permitted development right is for the use of a building and land within its curtilage as a state-funded school or as a registered nursery and for no other purpose apart from purposes ancillary to those uses. A building qualifies for this permission only if it is currently used for a purpose falling within use class B1 (business), C1 (hotels), C2 (residential institutions), C2A (secure residential institutions) or D2 (assembly and leisure). Development is not permitted if the building is a listed building, a scheduled monument or the site is, or forms part of, a safety hazard area or military explosives storage area.

Prior Notification of Proposed Demolition

Application for prior notification of proposed demolition. Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 Schedule 2, Part 11

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