Making a representation on a prior approval application

Unlike planning applications, prior approval applications can only be assessed on specific matters identified within the General Permitted Development Order 2015. Therefore if you wish to comment on such an application, your representation should focus on just those considerations that can be assessed.

The following identifies the considerations that neighbours can comment on.

Prior approval applications for larger residential extensions

Neighbours can comment on the impact on residential amenity, such as:

  • Overlooking and loss of privacy
  • Loss of sunlight and daylight
  • Noise and disturbance
  • Light pollution
  • Over powering and obtrusive
  • Alterations to micro-climate

Commerical prior approval applications

Part 3, Class C

Change of use from a shop, financial and professional service, betting office, payday loan shop or casino to a restaurant and café; and necessary building operations for the provision of ventilation and extractions and storage of rubbish.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Noise
  2. Odour
  3. Storage and handling of waste
  4. Hours of opening
  5. Transport and highway impacts
  6. Whether there is adequate provision of A1/A2 and location within key frontage
  7. Siting, design and appearance

Part 3, Class J

Change of use from a shop, financial and professional service, betting office or payday loan shop to an assembly and leisure use.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Noise
  2. Hours of opening
  3. Transport and highway impacts
  4. Whether there is adequate provision of A1/A2 and location within key frontage

Part 3, Class M

Change of use from a shop, financial and professional service, betting office or payday loan shop, or a mixed use to a dwellinghouse; and necessary building operations for the conversion.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Transport and highway impacts
  2. Contamination risks
  3. Flooding risks
  4. Whether there is adequate provision of A1/A2 and location with key frontage
  5. Design and appearance

Part 3, Class N

Change of use from an amusement arcade or casino to a dwellinghouse; and necessary building operations for the conversion.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Transport and highway impacts
  2. Contamination risks
  3. Flooding risks
  4. Impacts of noise from commercial premises on the intended occupiers of the development
  5. Design and external appearance

Part 3, Class O

Change of use from Business to a dwellinghouse.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Transport and highway impacts
  2. Contamination risks
  3. Flooding risks

Part 3, Class P

Change of use from storage or distribution centre to a dwellinghouse.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Impacts on air quality on occupants
  2. Transport and highway impacts
  3. Contamination risks
  4. Flooding risks
  5. Noise impacts
  6. Whether use would have an adverse impact on other businesses

Part 3, Class Q

Change of use from an agricultural building to a dwellinghouse, and necessary building operations for the conversion.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Transport and highway impacts
  2. Noise impacts of the development
  3. Contamination risks
  4. Flooding risks
  5. Whether location/siting makes it otherwise impractical or undesirable
  6. The design or external appearance

Part 3, Class R

Change of use from an agricultural building to a flexible use, including shop, financial and professional service, restaurant and café, business, storage or distribution, hotel or an assembly and leisure use.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Transport and highway impacts
  2. Noise impacts of the development
  3. Contamination risks
  4. Flooding risks

Part 3, Class S

Change of use from an agricultural building to a state-funded school or a registered nursery.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Transport and highway impacts
  2. Noise impacts of the development
  3. Contamination risks
  4. Flooding risks
  5. Whether location / siting makes it otherwise impractical or undesirable

Part 3, Class T

Change of use from business, hotel, residential institution, secure residential institutions or an assembly and leisure use to a state-funded school or a registered nursery.

Factors to be assessed:

  1. Transport and highway impacts
  2. Noise impacts of the development
  3. Contamination risks

Updated: 25 May 2016