Markets and outdoor marquees allowed permanently

10 Jan

It has been announced, following a public consultation that the permitted development rights (PDR) introduced in 2020 to 2021  are now being made permanent. These measures will apply to England.

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has made an announcement that markets can be held more often and erect a moveable structure for an unlimited number of days without the need for a planning application in pub and restaurant gardens.

The changes to permitted development rights, first introduced last year as a temporary measure to boost high streets and small businesses during national restrictions, are being made permanent following a public consultation.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants will now be able to install gazebos on their own land without planning permission, helping them to better make use of their outside space all year round. Councils will also be able to hold street markets as required without the need for a planning application, attracting more people to high streets and town centres and boosting local businesses.

Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP said:

“Making these measures permanent will help business and communities to build back better from the pandemic and are just one part of our vision to transform towns and cities across England into thriving places to work, visit and live.”

Historic visitor attractions and hospitality businesses operating in listed buildings will be able to install a gazebo for 120 days in a 12-month period. This will provide additional flexibility while minimising the impacts to heritage sites.

Law correct at the date of publication.
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