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New planning rules on changing use of offices

New planning rules on changing use of offices

The Government has announced temporary additions to a section of planning laws known as “permitted development rights”, i.e. changes to properties that can be carried out without the need to obtain planning consent.  The new rights come into force on 30th May 2013 for an initial three year period and include allowing a change of use from offices to residential in certain circumstances. 

 However there are limitations:

  1. the changes will not apply to listed buildings or to offices within 17 exempted local authorities (note however the changes will be introduced by the majority of East Anglian authorities); and
  2. the right is subject to the developer obtaining prior confirmation from the local authority that planning consent will not be needed

Also included within the legislation are additional rights to change the use of certain agricultural building to one of a number of commercial uses, including retail, restaurant or café, or warehouse use; and the temporary change of use of existing commercial premises to alternative commercial uses for up to two years.

Finally, please bear in mind that the new rights relate to the change of use only; planning permission may still be required where associated works to the building are taking place.

If you need any further advice about this subject, please contact Greene & Greene's commercial property team on 01284 762211.