Project

Airport Permitted Development Rights

Various airports

We provide advice on an airport’s entitlement to permitted development rights under Part 8 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015.  By demonstrating that an airport is able to comply with all necessary legal criteria, we seek to secure the entitlement for the airport operator to carry out certain developments on operational land without the need to apply for planning permission.  To achieve this, we review the statutory position and demonstrate that the airport satisfies the relevant criteria in terms of both the Planning and Airports Acts. We have undertaken this work in relation to London Biggin Hill, Norwich, London Oxford, Plymouth, London Southend, Tatenhill, Wolverhampton and Gloucestershire airports.  Following the success of this work, we have assisted airport operators in setting up consultation processes and protocols to ensure that local planning authorities are satisfied with the level of information and consultation provided to ensure proposals can be carried out as permitted development.

Part 8 rights enable airports to undertake operational development without the need for a formal planning application.  This is important because it allows airports to respond quickly to the requirements of regulators, operators and passengers and attract inward investment.

David Gavin, Senior Director, Lichfields

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