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Appendix 1: Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1243)

Additional information from the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Q1: Could you clarify please how the minimum space standards that will in future apply to all new homes created through PDRs differ from the current situation – are there no space standards for new homes delivered under the current PDRs?

A1: At present there is no requirement for homes delivered through permitted development rights to meet space standards. This amendment requires all homes delivered through permitted development rights to meet the Nationally Described Space Standards as a minimum from 6th April 2021. In particular the gross internal floor area of any new homes must also, as a minimum, be no smaller than 37 square metres, including where this may provide a studio flat.

Q2: The instrument includes some key changes, both temporary and permanent, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Other instruments the Committee has considered that deal with the pandemic use “Coronavirus” in the title to make it easier to identify this relevance. Why was “Coronavirus” not included in the title of this instrument?

A2: As there are measures in the Regulations which are not in response to the Covid-19 pandemic (such as the space standards measure discussed above) we did not use “Coronavirus” in the title of the Regulations. In addition, we also want to ensure that the regulations remain relevant and could be urgently deployed in the fight against Covid-19 and any possible future pandemic if required.

26 November 2020

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