ACES CONSULTATION RESPONSE – PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO PERMITTED
Below is the consultation response to the particular proposed amendment to
the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted GDO), to try to prevent sales
of rural plots of land – usually by internet – on the expectation of future
planning permission for houses. The intention is to stop parcelling into plots
with fencing, where development is highly unlikely.
Planning Systems Improvement Division
3/J5 Eland House
Proposed Amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted
Development Order 1995) (SI No. 418/1995)
Name and description of organisation: ACES membership consists of the Chief
Property Advisers within local authorities and currently represents around 250 local
authorities and other public sector organisations.
Contact information: Betty Albon MRTPI FRICS, President of ACES
Particular comments relating to Paragraphs 70-72 and Annex A: ACES agrees
that selling off small plots of agricultural land is detrimental to the amenity of the
ACES welcomes the proposed amendment to allow local authorities to serve more swiftly W:\ACES correspondence\06.10.12. Consultation GDO amendments.doc
notice under the article 4 provisions. However, while speeding the process may assist in
some cases in preventing the erection of fences and other works, it will not deal with the
situation where the landowner undertakes these works prior to marketing the plots. It
will therefore need the co-operation of local residents, parish councils and rural groups to
alert the local authority of any activities which indicate that a plot sale looks likely.
Obviously it is not practicable to serve article 4 notices on all areas of “attractive rural
landscape” or “important amenity” (Para 2 Annex A). A potential plot development can
be a visual intrusion to the residents of any countryside area. Therefore it is important
for local authorities to make this new power widely known, as its effectiveness will be
reliant on help from the public, both in seeing local activity which suggests there may be
a potential plot sale, and in picking up advertising information from the internet, etc.
ACES supports the display of a notice on the land as a realistic and practicable way of
drawing attention to the article 4 direction where land may already have been divided into
ACES believes that it is unfortunate that the article 4 provisions do not allow the
retrospective control of completed works and suggests that this is an area which ought to
be considered further by government. A number of ACES members have trouble, for
instance, in evicting occupiers of caravans, who are in breach of planning regulations.