Permitted Development – A Relaxation of Planning Rules

The Government’s proposals include the opportunity for a change of use of office buildings to residential without the need for planning permission.

Ability to do this requires the office use to have commenced before 30 May 2013, and the residential use to have begun before 30 May 2016; prior approval of the local planning authority is also required in respect of transport & highways impact and contamination & flooding risks on the site.

There will also be flexibility in use of premises of upto 150 m² between Classes A1, A2, A3 and/or B1 (from a use within Classes A1-A5, B1, D1 and/or D2) for a single continuous period of up to two years, and an opportunity to change the use of agricultural buildings of up to 500 m² to Classes A1, A2, A3, B1, B8, C1 (hotel) and/or D2 (assembly & leisure).

The opportunities presented by these particular planning changes are not available in respect of Listed Buildings and/or scheduled monuments.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013 is due to come into force on 30 May 2013, and amends The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, as amended; these changes only apply to England and are subject to detailed conditions .

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