A proposed amendment order to the General Permitted Development Order was laid in Parliament this month. The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2011 (SI2011/2056) will make several important changes to the GPDO in England.

The first change is that from 1 October 2011, the installation of electrical outlets (either wall-mounted or mounted on an upstand), for charging electric cars in an area that is lawfully used for off-street parking, will become permitted development allowing electric car owners to install charging points at home, without the need for planning permission.

A further important amendment is to Part 40 of the GPDO (installation of domestic microgeneration equipment). From 1 December 2011, the installation, alteration or replacement of wind turbines (class H) and stand-alone wind turbines (class I) on domestic property will be permitted development. This applies to wind turbines on a detached dwellinghouse or a detached building within the curtilage of a dwellinghouse or block of flats. Restrictions include the size of the "sweep area" of the blades and the height of the turbine. The installation of wind turbines in the curtilage of a listed building or site of a scheduled monument will not be permitted development.