Monday, 5 September 2016

Guide to Changes of Use – SECOND EDITION

I am delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of the Second Edition of A Practical Guide to Permitted Changes of Use. A pre-order offer can be found in the left-hand margin of this page. The discounted price for the softback + digital edition of the book is a remarkable bargain compared with the recommended cover price, saving £25 on the combined price when the book is published. All you have to do is to click on the red button to add the book to your basket, and then follow the online payment instructions.

This new edition has been completely revised. It contains all the changes to Part 3 of the Second Schedule to the GPDO that have been made in 2016, as well as many additional prior approval appeal decisions, and several important High Court judgments on this subject. The opportunity has been taken to expand the text with additional material on several topics, which has added some 70 pages to the text.

The modest increase in price reflects the amount of extra information that the book now contains. The new edition will rapidly become the essential text for all planning practitioners and developers dealing with permitted changes of use. It contains much practical advice on the actual conduct of prior approval applications and numerous examples of appeal decisions on the thorny issues which have arisen under the prior approval procedure.

Everyone who purchased the first edition of A Practical Guide to Permitted Changes of Use will want to buy this new edition, so as to ensure that they are working from the up-to-date text. If you didn’t buy the first edition, this is your chance to get completely up to speed on this subject, with a sound practical guide that will steer you around the many traps and hazards that await the unwary and the uninformed.

We are hoping that the new edition will be available by mid-October, so there are only a few short weeks in which to take advantage of the generous pre-publication offer price.



  1. A great book. Hope the new edition remains up-to-date for longer. No more changes to the GPDO please!

  2. Thanks for the endorsement.

    One of the problems for legal authors and publishers is that the law is constantly changing, and it is always difficult to choose a publication date that does not risk a new book becoming out-of-date after a very short time.

    We went ahead with the First Edition of A Practical Guide to Permitted Changes of Use last October, knowing that further changes to the GPDO were in the offing at that time, but we guessed correctly that the book would have a reasonable shelf-life before a Second Edition was required.

    We have now decided to go ahead with the Second Edition to take account of the changes to the GPDO that were made earlier this year, plus recent appeal decisions and judgments, because we have formed the view that there are unlikely to be any further changes in the GPDO in the foreseeable future. My guess is that the Second Edition should have a longer shelf life than the First Edition, and I will stick my neck out and predict that we won’t need a Third Edition for at least another two years, if then. (I could be proved wrong, but this is my best guess based on various factors that we have weighed up in deciding to go ahead with the Second Edition now).

  3. Hi Martin,
    I've been looking at decisions made by LPAs on PD applications, some say prior approval refuse, and the others say granted, bit some also say prior approval not required - It doesn't seem to explain anywhere what these decisions mean? I'm also a bit confused as to how plans are dealt with, with a planning application it seems clear that the decision applies to the 'approved plans' only, but I'm not sure how this works with PD rights - are you in position to comment on these matters?

  4. Sally Jones (20 September) would no doubt find it helpful to buy a copy of the Second Edition of my book, where all these points are explained.

    Very briefly, an LPA can deal with a prior approval application by determining that their prior approval will not be required, or by giving or refusing prior approval. The GPDO requires that a ‘plan’ must be submitted with the prior approval application and, in practice, this should include drawings of any necessary building operations in respect of which prior approval is also being sought. Paragraph W.(12) requires that the development must be carried out in accordance with the details approved by the LPA or, where prior approval is not required (or where the 56-day period has expired without the applicant being notified of the LPA’s determination of the prior approval application), in accordance with the details provided in the prior approval application.