|28 Day Planning Rule under Threat
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As part of its far ranging review of the entire planning
system, Central Government is deciding whether, or not, policy on temporary land use
("the 28 day planning rule") should be allowed to continue. Flying activities
have not been mentioned specifically as causing this need for change although, in many
cases, GA can fall under the "motor sports" category.
The "28 day rule" is a very valuable
planning tool which has been of benefit to many over the years. Its loss would be very
regrettable and should be strongly resisted.
Question 17 asks: "Which option for
temporary use provision do you most favour. Would you prefer an alternative option not set
out in the paper?"
Question 18 asks: "Why do you prefer your
The consultation paper sets out the pros and
cons of each option but does not make any recommendation.
are urged to respond to this consultation paper and request that option 1 - for no change
- be chosen. There are no forms to complete. You simply need to answer Questions 17 and 18
and send the letter to:
Control Policy Division
Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions
Zone 4/J3, Eland House
London SW1E 5DU
For the attention of Mr Iain Clark
The deadline for submitting your views is 24th
Please make your, and your organisation's,
views known. If you do not, one of the main benefits of the planning system for GA could
well be lost. Don't let that happen.
present, planning law in England permits the temporary use of any land for any purpose for
not more than 28 days in any calendar year (although some purposes are restricted to no
more than 14 days in total). Many small flying sites operate under this "28 day
rule" and some larger operations began in this very modest way.
The "28 day rule" is now under threat.
It is apparent that the review has been driven by concerns about car boot sales
and temporary markets, motor sports such as stock car racing, and clay pigeon shooting.
Unfortunately, GA will be caught up in any changes.
Six options are set out in the Government's
recent consultation paper on the subject:
- Retain the current situation.
- Remove temporary use rights for all users.
- Remove the 28 day "permitted development" rights for temporary markets, all
motor sports and clay pigeon shooting.
- Reduce the number of days on which temporary markets, all motor sports and clay pigeon
shooting can operate without planning permission, to seven days in any one year.
- Introduce a size threshold above which "permitted development" rights would be
removed for temporary markets, all motor sports and clay pigeon shooting. This appears to
be aimed primarily at markets.
- Introduce a notification procedure for events - again aimed at markets, fetes and
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