In Brief: new CPO guidance and new permitted development rights in Wales?

February 12, 2020

By Peter Dixon

Planning law and policy continues down its own distinctive path as illustrated by two recent Welsh Government consultations.

Permitted Development

Permitted development in Wales continues to be regulated by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995.  There are proposals to amend the Order to introduce rights for the erection of sheds and glasshouses on allotments as part of ‘Prosperity for All: The National Strategy’ which supports the creation of opportunities for leisure activities and healthy lifestyles through the promoting of community food growing.   The proposal is to permit up to one shed and one greenhouse per plot (125 sq.m).

Compulsory Purchase

The Welsh Government also proposes a new circular to reflect changes in compulsory purchase law in Wales, to modernise the public inquiry and written representations procedures for objections to compulsory purchase orders, and to revise Planning Policy Wales to strengthen the support for local authorities to use compulsory powers to acquire land and redundant buildings in the public interest.