Friday, 27 March 2015

Development Management Procedure Order replaced

Oh, and just in case you hadn’t noticed, the DMPO has also been replaced by a consolidated Order - the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 (SI 2015 No. 595). This was also made on 18 March, laid before parliament on 24 March and comes into force on 15 April. (It’s like that old joke about London buses – you wait for ages and then..............)

It contains several drafting amendments, and a handful of procedural changes. No time to say more at the moment.



  1. Just trying to get my head round the simplification provided by Part 5 (Applications made under a planning condition). One reading of this is that you can only make one application per condition, rather than the current system of as many conditions as you like per application. But this reading is at odds with the NPPG.

    Also the application requirements for a valid application (for consent, agreement or approval required by a condition)makes no mention of a fee.

    Any thoughts?

  2. I have been concentrating my own attention so far on the UCO amendments and on the new GPDO, and so I haven’t had time to look at the DMPO yet, other than to ascertain that it does not relax the 200 sq m limit for floorspace enlargement in retail premises, originally imposed in 2006.

    As one of my other correspondents observed, we are all going to have to spend the next few weeks with our noses in the new subordinate legislation, trying to get to grips with all the changes.