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David Ashton

Partner – Head of Commercial Property Department - Uckfield

10th July 2012

Planning Rules for Change of Use from Commercial to Residential


In April 2011 the Department for Communities and Local Government carried out a consultation on granting permitted development rights for change of use of the buildings from commercial to residential use. The responses to the consultation have been considered and it is intended to introduce legislative changes in October 2012 to:

  • Include a new policy in the national planning policy framework that local planning authorities “should normally approve planning applications for change to residential use and any associated development from commercial buildings (currently in B Use Classes) where there is an identified need for additional housing in that area, provided that there are not strong economic reasons why such development would be inappropriate”.
  • Amend the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 to extend existing permitted development rights which allow the space above shops and other town centre uses (Class A1 and A2 Uses) to be converted into a single flat without the need to submit a planning application, to allow for conversion into two flats.
If you need to discuss this or any other property issue please feel free to contact David here.

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