Plug into the GPD Amendment Order 2011

16-09-2011 09:08

The (not so) succinctly titled Town and Country Planning (GeneralPermitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2001 (lets abbreviate it toGPD Amendment Order), comes into force in England on 1 October 2011.

The GPD Amendment Order amends Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning(General Permitted Development) Order 1995 which currently allows certain“permitted developments” to go ahead without the need for formal planningpermission. “Permitted developments” are considered to be minor works which asa result of the 1995 Order receive automatic planning permission.

The GPD Amendment Order creates a new type of “permitted development” whichincludes the installation, alteration or replacement of charging points forelectric vehicles.

The permitted plug in points will be allowed in off street public and privatecar parks either mounted on the wall or on an up stand, and they will besubject to certain restrictions such as limitations on the height and width ofthe units and distance from the public highway.

The Government expect most electric car users to re-charge at home or atwork, and does not expect there to be a charging point on every street corner,however it is hoped that the introduction of the charging points as “permitteddevelopments” will increase the number of available charging points in convenientlocations.

With local authorities and owners of car parks no longer under arequirement to apply for planning permission to install electric vehicle chargingpoints you might notice a plug in point next to a parking metre near you soon! 

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