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Law and disorder: Permitted development rights and the loss of proportionate control

Sheppard, Adam; Askew, Janet


Janet Askew


The Conservative led coalition government in the UK identified regulation management as a key priority and intended to simplify and address the complexity in the system. From the perspective of Development Management a paradox has emerged however; the more the Government attempts to simplify the decision making system and facilitate development, the more complex the system has become. This can be clearly seen in the manner in which the Permitted Development rights planning permission arrangements have been revised and the application of decision making mechanisms extended.

This paper will explore how new Permitted Development rights have been created, existing rights extended (some permanently some temporarily), the prior approval process has increased in prominence and usage, and the use of Local Development Orders extended. The paper will present the impact of these changes, including the unintended consequences and potential to undermine the effective management of the built and natural environment,

Issues of regulation density and complexity will be highlighted, together with how some of these changes are potentially disrupting the fundamental principle of proportionality and justified local planning authority intervention in the public interest.


Sheppard, A., & Askew, J. (2015, July). Law and disorder: Permitted development rights and the loss of proportionate control. Presented at AESOP 2015

Presentation Conference Type Lecture
Conference Name AESOP 2015
Start Date Jul 14, 2015
End Date Jul 16, 2015
Acceptance Date Mar 16, 2015
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords proportionality, state intervention, economic growth, public interest, social justice
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : AESOP 2015: Definite space – fuzzy responsibility


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