Dear Planning Inspectorate,
Please provide a digital copy of the most up-to-date version of the Inspectors training manual. If there is separate guidance on prior notifications/prior approvals under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015, please also provide a digital copy of this.
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Dear Ms Hamilton
Thank you for your e-mail, requesting information from the Planning Inspectorate. Please find attached a copy of the latest version of the complete Inspector Training Manual.
Due to the size of the document I am sending the Manual over three e-mails.
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Dear Pritchard, Chris,
Thank you for your response. My request asked that if there is separate guidance on prior notifications/prior approvals under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015, please also provide a digital copy of this.
Searching these documents, the 1st tranche of the manual refers to a chapter on prior approvals but does not include this chapter and this is not in tranche 2 or 3 either. Please would you provide a copy of the guidance on prior notifications/prior approvals under the GPDO.
Dear Ms Hamilton
Thank you for your e-mail. Guidance on prior approvals is contained within the 3rd part of the previously sent ITM.
Outside of the ITM, whilst possibly not directly relevant, for completeness the attached PINS notes may be of interest.
Please note that PINS Notes are internal advice notes provided to staff (primarily Planning Inspectors) in response to changes resulting from policy, legislation, and case law, and which have immediate casework implications. They are designed to raise awareness and identify specific actions to be undertaken in the course of decision-making, with the aim of ensuring best practice and consistency. Such advice notes are not intended for an external audience (and are thus not available to automatically download) and do not have (or claim to have) formal status in the way that, for example, published guidance from Government in the form of Planning Practice Guidance will. Through such notes we are providing advice solely intended for internal use. Such notes may also be subject to change, in response to lessons learnt from practical application of their advice, for example.
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