Parliamentary concerns, together with unpopular media coverage and community feedback, have led the government to release a consultation on basement developments. Katherine Evans, planning and environment partner at TLT in Bristol, explains what the law currently says about extending down and what evidence the government is looking to accumulate.
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What is the DCLG consulting on?
- the planning process and use of permitted development rights, and
- the number of basement developments and the areas in which they take place
What is the background to the consultation?
What is the current legal position regarding basement developments?
What is the next stage in the consultation process?
- specific basement developments were considered permitted development
- there was engagement with neighbours prior to works commencing
- any specific planning policies may be in place to control potential impacts, and
- improvements could be made to the existing planning framework to deal with potential impacts of basement developments
The government will then consider all the evidence submitted and has said it may be used to inform future action, including potential changes to policy, guidance and legislation, but as yet no specific details have been given as to what these changes may be.
Katherine is the head of planning at TLT. She is experienced in all aspects of planning, highways and compulsory purchase/compensation. She acts for developers, financial institutions, minerals and waste operators, public bodies, private landowners and individuals.
Interviewed by Jenny Rayner. The views expressed by our Legal Analysis interviewees are not necessarily those of the proprietor.