The provision of adequate natural light

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14/07/2020 - Latest News

The government announced an update to The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) (GPDO) in June 2020. The changes is to allow development to assist in supporting the Government’s economic renewal package following the coronavirus outbreak. This will come into effect by 1 August 2020 with one exception which is already in force.
A new requirement is that homes delivered through permitted development rights must have windows. As such developers now need to consider the provision of adequate natural light in all habitable rooms of the dwellinghouses. Local Authorities can refuse prior approval if adequate natural light is not provided in all the habitable rooms of a dwellinghouse. This recognises the important contribution permitted development rights make to housing supply while affirming the government’s commitment to the delivery of quality homes.

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