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Comment on a Planning Application

Prior Notification considerations - Parts 3, 4, 7 & 14

Listed below are what the Local Planning Authority can consider for a prior notification.  Full details can be found in the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (and amendments)

Part 3 Class C – retail, betting office or pay day loan shop or casino to restaurant or cafe

(a)     noise impacts of the development;
(b)     odour impacts of the development;
(c)     impacts of storage and handling of waste in relation to the development;
(d)     impacts of the hours of opening of the development;
(e)     transport and highways impacts of the development;
(f)      whether it is undesirable for the building to change to a use falling within Class A3 (restaurants and cafes) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order because of the impact of the change of use—

  1. on adequate provision of services of the sort that may be provided by a building falling within Class A1 (shops) or, as the case may be, Class A2 (financial and professional services) of that Schedule, but only where there is a reasonable prospect of the building being used to provide such services, or
  2. where the building is located in a key shopping area, on the sustainability of that shopping area, and

(g)     the siting, design or external appearance of the facilities to be provided under Class C(b)


Part 3 Class J – retail or betting office or pay day loan shop to assembly and leisure

(a)     noise impacts of the development;
(b)     impacts of the hours of opening of the development,
(c)     transport and highways impacts of the development; and
(d)     whether it is undesirable for the building to change to a use falling within Class D2 (assembly and leisure) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order because of the impact of the change of use:-

  • on adequate provision of services of the sort that may be provided by a building falling within Class A1 (shops) or, as the case may be, Class A2 (financial and professional services) of that Schedule, but only where there is a reasonable prospect of the building being used to provide such services, or
  • where the building is located in a key shopping area, on the sustainability of that shopping area

Part 3 Class M – retail, takeaways and specified sui generis uses to dwellinghouses (developer must apply on or before 31 July 2021 for change of use from Class A1 or Class A2)

(a)     transport and highways impacts of the development;
(b)     contamination risks in relation to the building;
(c)     flooding risks in relation to the building;
(d)     whether it is undesirable for the building to change to a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order because of the impact of the change of use:-

  • on adequate provision of services of the sort that may be provided by a building falling within Class A1 (shops), Class A2 (financial and professional services) or Class A5 (hot food takeaways) of that Schedule, as the case may be, a building used as a launderette, but only where there is a reasonable prospect of the building being used to provide such services, or
  • where the building is located in a key shopping area, on the sustainability of that shopping area

(e)     the design or external appearance of the building; and
(f)     the provision of adequate natural light in all habitable rooms of the dwellinghouses


Part 3 Class MA - commercial, business and service uses to dwellinghouses (applications may not be made before 1 August 2021)

(a)     transport impacts of the development, particularly to ensure safe site access;
(b)     contamination risks in relation to the building;
(c)     flooding risks in relation to the building;
(d)     impacts of noise from commercial premises on the intended occupiers of the development;
(e)     where:

  • the building is located in a conservation area, and
  • the development involves a change of use of the whole or part of the ground floor,

         the impact of that change of use on the character or sustainability of the conservation area;
(f)     the provision of adequate natural light in all habitable rooms of the dwellinghouses;

(g)    the impact on intended occupiers of the development of the introduction of residential use in an area the authority considers to be important for general or heavy industry, waste management, storage and distribution, or a mix of such uses; and
(h)    where the development involves the loss of services provided by:

  • a registered nursery; or
  • a health centre maintained under section 2 or 3 of the National Health Service Act 2006

        the impact on the local provisions of the type of services lost.


Part 3 Class O – offices to dwellinghouses (developer must apply on or before 31 July 2021)

(a)     transport and highways impacts of the development;
(b)     contamination risks on the site;
(c)     flooding risks on the site;
(d)     impacts of noise from commercial premises on the intended occupiers of the development; and
(e)     the provision of adequate natural light in all habitable rooms of the dwellinghouses


Part 3 Class PA – premises in light industrial use to dwellinghouses

(a)     transport and highways impacts of the development;
(b)     contamination risks in relation to the building;
(c)     flooding risks in relation to the building;
(d)     whether the authority considers the building to which the development relates is within an area that is important for providing industrial services or storage or distribution services or a mix of those services (which includes, where the development relates to part of a building, services provided from any other part of the building), whether the introduction of, or an increase in, a residential use of premises in the area would have an adverse impact on the sustainability of the provision of those services;
(e)     the provision of adequate natural light in all habitable rooms of the dwellinghouses


Part 3 Class Q – agricultural buildings to dwellinghouses

(a)     transport and highways impacts of the development;
(b)     noise impacts of the development;
(c)     contamination risks on the site;
(d)     flooding risks on the site;
(e)     whether the location or siting of the building makes it otherwise impractical or undesirable for the building to change from agricultural use to a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order;
(f)      the design or external appearance of the building; and
(g)     the provision of adequate natural light in all habitable rooms of the dwellinghouses


Part 3 Class R – agricultural buildings to a flexible commercial use

(a)     transport and highways impacts of the development;
(b)     noise impacts of the development;
(c)     contamination risks on the site; and
(d)     flooding risks on the site.


Part 3 Class T – business, hotels etc to state-funded schools or registered nursery

(a)     transport and highways impacts of the development;
(b)     noise impacts of the development; and
(c)     contamination risks on the site.


Part 4 Class CA – provision of a temporary state-funded school on previously vacant commercial land

(a)     transport and highways impacts of the development;
(b)     noise impacts of the development;
(c)     contamination risks on the site;
(d)     flooding risks on the site; and
(e)     the siting and design of the development


Part 7 Class C - click and collect facilities

siting, design and external appearance of the development


Part 14 Class J – installation or alteration etc of solar equipment on non-domestic premises

design and external appearance, in particular the impact of glare on occupiers of neighbouring land