It's among the most significant changes to planning legislation in a generation.
The Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order 2015 (GPDO) was designed to temporarily free homeowners, developers and councils from expensive red tape when uncontentious modifications to properties are planned.
The rules – which became permanent in May – allow homeowners in semi-detached and terraced houses to add a single-storey rear extension to their property of up to six metres. For those in detached houses, the limit is eight metres.
The changes also allow property developers to convert commercial buildings, such as shops and office blocks, into new residential spaces without the need for full planning consent from local authorities.
GDPO will continue working as a much-needed shot in the arm for the redevelopment market. Not only does it minimise red tape, time and cost for developers, but it also provides new homes.
The fact that GDPO is here to stay has certainly been welcomed by the glass and glazing industry.
Renovation and retrofitting with new glazing
Homes converted from former offices or draughty kebab shops need to meet the requirements of discerning owner occupiers and renters in terms of providing a comfortable space to live – while adhering to minimum energy efficiency standards. Glazing will play a crucial role here.
We all know that buildings, both homes and commercial properties, have a key part to play in reducing carbon emissions under the government’s targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
More than 25% of heat from most buildings is lost through the windows – with 90% of this through the glass itself. Using low-emissivity (low-e) glass like Pilkington K Glass™ could instantly make these redevelopments far more efficient.
Beyond thermal efficiency, glass can also be used to keep buildings cooler in summer. Solar control glass like Pilkington Suncool™ 70/35 OW can be used to protect against overheating – an increasing concern for residential buildings in the UK. This means that potential buyers or tenants still benefit from a bright internal space without ever sweltering in the heat.
When both low-e and solar control glazing are used together, these buildings can be warmer in winter and cooler in summer. This reduces the need for mechanical cooling and heating – helping occupiers to reduce costs further.
The glass and glazing sector should seize the opportunities that are arising in the redevelopment market. It’s also a great chance for the industry to play a role in ensuring that redeveloped dwellings are fit for the future – both in providing comfort to new residents while contributing to increased energy efficiency in the built environment.
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Written by Phil Brown, European regulatory marketing manager at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited.