The majority of building, engineering, mining and other operations that include changes of use in, on, over or under land, as well as some demolition operations, constitute ‘development’. For these activities planning permission and/or listed building consent will be required.
However, there are certain types of development that can be considered ‘permitted development’, for which planning permission is not needed. There are also certain classes of use where changes of use can be made within and between use classes, where planning permission is similarly not required.
This section considers governmental control, use classes and permitted development, plan-making, planning applications, enforcement, environmental assessments, heritage protection and appeals and challenging planning decisions.