Town and Country Planning - General Permitted Development

Regulatory Policy Committee

April 9
15:32 2024

Updated 9th April

The RPC issued its opinion to the department on 4 April. The RPC rated the revised IA fit for purpose.

Our opinion was published on 9th April and is available here.

Updated 8th March

The impact assessment (IA) has now been received by the RPC. This is currently being scrutinised and our opinion will be issued to the Department and published on our website when scrutiny has been completed.

Original statement 21st February

The Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) produces opinions of impact assessments (IAs) to help departments ensure that the evidence and analysis in them is sufficiently robust. We provide an independent opinion to assist ministerial decision making and parliamentary scrutiny of regulatory proposals. We publish these to assist parliamentarians and to ensure that they are available to external stakeholders. Government departments are expected to submit IAs to the RPC in time for the RPC to issue an opinion before the relevant legislation is laid before Parliament.

We note that The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2024 was laid before Parliament on 13 February 2024, and comes into force on 5 March, yet an IA has not been published alongside the statutory instrument. The accompanying Explanatory Memorandum states that An assessment of impact has been carried out and a full Regulatory Impact Assessment will be published in due course.

As yet, an IA has not been received for RPC scrutiny.

On receipt of an IA the RPC w

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