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Permitted development rights reform takes shape

Words: Roger Milne
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The Scottish Government has begun consulting on its sustainability appraisal of options for expanding the permitted development rights (PDR) regime across 16 broad categories.

In the frame are digital communications infrastructure, development relating to active travel, schemes involving allotments and community growing projects, habitat pond creation and peatland restoration. 

A number involve energy projects: non domestic solar, district heating, non-domestic and domestic energy storage, and both domestic and non-domestic micro-renewables.

Also in the mix are town centre change of use, householder developments, defibrillator cabinets, snow sports and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Agriculture developments figure prominently. Under consideration is exempting the conversion of farm buildings into homes and bringing development of larger operational farm buildings. including sheds and polytunnels, under the PDR arrangements.

The findings from the assessment will help inform decisions about prioritising future legislation for the different development types, whether and how far the PDR regime should be extended, and any requirements for safeguards to minimise the risk of negative effects.

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