The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (No. 2) (Wales) Order 2020
Commencement: 10th April 2020
Amends: The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995
The main purpose of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 is to grant planning permission for certain classes of development without any requirement for an application to be made under Part III of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
The Order is amended so that certain changes of use of land are automatically permitted (i.e. without the need to apply for planning permission) where they are for the purposes of responding to a public health emergency in the UK (such as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic). Note that this Order only applies in Wales.
The permitted temporary developments must be undertaken by or on behalf of an NHS body.
The temporary developments which are permitted are:
- change of use of an existing building to use classes C2 or D1 (see below); or
- provision of buildings, structures, plant and machinery on land.
The temporary development must cease and the land/ previous use be restored to its pre-development status by 10th April 2021.
Class C2 covers various residential uses. The relevant uses for the purposes of this Amendment Order are hospitals, nursing homes and residential accommodation for people in need of care.
Class D1 covers various non-residential uses. The relevant uses for the purposes of this Amendment Order are medical or health services.
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