Concerns were raised by Parliament during its consideration of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, leading to the Government committing to review ‘the planning law and regulations which relate to basement development’.
On 4 November 2016, the Government issued a Call for Evidence on basement developments as the starting point for meeting its commitment. Basement developments are mainly a London issue, but can be found elsewhere. They have been in the media over the last few years due to the disruption they can cause neighbouring properties.
Basement development is an area which local planning authorities in London are increasingly having to deal with, with Kensington & Chelsea having removed permitted development rights for this in April this year and establishing a Supplementary Planning Document solely relating to this.
With a view to considering how the planning process manages the impacts of such subterranean development, the Call for Evidence acknowledges that it may fall into permitted development rights but asks for experience of planning or permitted development rights, and the number/areas of basement developments.
The Call is available here and is open until 11:45pm on 16 December 2016.