Planning controls and environmental effects

A High Court ruling has indicated that developers cannot rely on the fact that an area is already polluted to avoid the need for planning permission.

Planning permission for certain types of development is automatically granted under the General Development Order. In 1981, the Order was amended to include as such permitted development the change of use from a warehouse or repository to use as a "light industrial building" as defined in the Use Classes Order 1972. This makes explicit reference to environmental effects, defining a light industrial building as one "in which the processes carri

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