‘Enabling development’ is not a statutory planning term, however, it generally refers to when development that would ordinarily be considered negative in purely conservation terms, is considered acceptable because it would facilitate (enable) benefits that outweigh that harm. Typically the benefits in question are the generation of funds that will be used to pay for work to be done to a listed building or other heritage asset that is in need of substantial repairs.

Enabling development may be applicable to the whole, or part of the property to ensure the site is utilised to provide the maximum level of benefit to the local area. We would advise that interested parties seek their own advice on this matter.