The Department of Levelling-Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has just published a consultation document which, amongst other things, proposes in England the introduction of a new use class for short term lets and a new type of permitted development right that would allow the change of use from a dwellinghouse to a short term let without a planning application. It would also enable neighbourhood planning groups to set out relevant policies in their neighbourhood plan the circumstances where they would support, or not, new short term lets for their area.
The aim of the proposed reforms is to provide greater flexibility where short term lets are a local issue, and where they are not.
Further information about the consultation which closes on 7 June 2023 can be found at Introduction of a use class for short term lets and associated permitted development rights – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
Meanwhile, the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a separate consultation on a new registration scheme for short-term lets in England. More information about this consultation can be found at Consultation on a registration scheme for short-term lets in England – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)