Recent legislation has brought about some changes to the need for planning permission for certain changes of use under the Prior Approval scheme. Where a development complies with the provisions of the classes within Part 3 planning permission is not required but the developer is required to make an application to us for a determination as to whether the prior approval of the authority will be required.

Before making an application read the guidance notes Opens in a new window to be aware of the conditions and limitations which may apply.

The changes of use described do not apply to listed buildings and all changes of use of listed buildings require a formal application for planning permission.

Applications

You can submit your application by downloading and completing an application form and sending it to us.

  Download the prior approval of change from agricultural to residential application (Class Q) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval of change from shops to residential application (Class M) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval of change from agricultural building to a school or nursery application (Class S) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval of change from agricultural building application (Class R) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval of change from storage or distribution buildings to dwelling application (Class P)  Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval of change from amusement arcades and casinos to dwelling application (Class N) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval for a change from shops, casinos etc to restaurants and cafés application (Class A3) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval for the erection or construction of a collection facility within a shop (Class C) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval for a change from office to a dwelling application (Class O)  Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval for change to a school or nursery application (Class T) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval for a change from shops etc to assembly and leisure use application (Class J) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval for the installation, alteration or replacement of other solar photovoltaics application (Class J) Opens in a new window

  Download the prior approval for commercial film-making applicaton (Class E) Opens in a new window

Fees

The fee for a determination as to whether the prior approval will be required is £80. 

Where associated operational development is also proposed for applications under Class M and Class Q the fee is £172.

Visit the paying your planning fees page for more information on how to pay your fees or if an exemption applies.

When we process the application we will:

  • Give notice of the application either by serving a notice on any adjoining owner or occupier or by placing a site notice which gives the site address and a description of the proposal and which specifies the date by which representations are to be received by the local planning authority
  • Undertake consultations and take into account representations we receive relating to flood risks on site and transport and highways impacts of the development ( as per paragraph W, sub-paragraphs 5 and 6  Opens in a new window )

The development must not begin before the occurrence of one of the following:

  1. (a) the receipt by the applicant from the local planning authority of a written notice of their determination that such prior approval is not required;

    (b) the receipt by the applicant from the local planning authority of a written notice giving their prior approval; or

    (c) the expiry of 56 days following the date on which the application was received by the local planning authority without the authority notifying the applicant as to whether prior approval is given or refused.

  2. The development must be carried out:
    (a) where prior approval is required, in accordance with the details approved by the local planning authority;
    (b) where prior approval is not required or when no notification from the Local Planning Authority has been provided, in accordance with the details provided in the application, unless the local planning authority and the developer agree otherwise in writing.
  3. The local planning authority may grant prior approval unconditionally or subject to conditions reasonably related to the subject matter of the prior approval.

Full details are available at  legislation.gov.uk  Opens in a new window .