Planning law easing sat in drafting queue

DRAFTING for the new planning exemptions legislation is yet to begin and there is no timescale for when the changes could come in.

Plans to exempt items such as satellite dishes from needing planning permission are in the queue to be drafted, but the Development & Planning Authority is keen the change happens as soon as possible.
Plans to exempt items such as satellite dishes from needing planning permission are in the queue to be drafted, but the Development & Planning Authority is keen the change happens as soon as possible.

But the Development & Planning Authority is keen to see the project move forward.

In December, the States agreed to allow a review of the current list of developments that are exempt from needing planning permission.

This includes projects such as demolishing a chimney, installing external render or putting in a charging point for an electric vehicle.

Last week it was revealed that islanders keen to push forward with developments involving the suggested exemptions had been contacting Planning to see when they would come in.

A DPA spokeswoman confirmed there was no timescale for when the exemptions could start.

‘As the policy changes have only recently been agreed by the States the drafting of new legislation has yet to begin, as other work already started has to be finished,’ he said.

‘Although a definitive date by which they will be in operation cannot be provided right now, the authority is keen to keep up the momentum and will provide an update when it is a little more certain so that islanders can book start dates for their newly-exempted works.’

The exemptions will reduce time and expense for islanders looking to carry out smaller developments.

Those seeking planning permission currently are required to undergo a 21-day consultation before the plans are considered by planners.

It can then take weeks or months for permission to be granted, depending on the complexity of the project and how busy staff are.

Planning permission also costs.

The fee for an application for a small shed or installation of a satellite dish is £90, while applying to install equipment designed to generate renewable energy costs £70.

There is an additional cost if architects’ drawings are needed.

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