Tag Archives: Change of Use

New Rights – Office to Home Conversions without Need for Planning

On 24th January 2013 Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced new planning measures in a letter to chief planners. The proposed legislation will be issued to come into force in Spring 2013. The new permitted development rights allow change of use from B1(a) office to C3 residential.  The new permitted development rights will allow office space to be converted into new homes without the need for planning permission from the local authority. The permitted development right will be in place for 3 years, and because local circumstances vary, local authorities will have an opportunity to seek an exemption if they can demonstrate there would be substantial adverse economic consequences. Buildings no longer suitable or needed for agricultural use could be transferred … Continue reading

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Planning problems halting your business growth?

A survey of Federation of Small Business (FSB) members has found that small companies are “being held back from growing as quickly as they could by the ongoing failure of the planning system to allow them to grow”. According to the FSB survey 69 per cent of small businesses have to wait more than eight weeks for local authorities to decide on planning applications. half of those applying for planning permission feel that they have encountered an “overly protracted process and overly complex rules and processes”. And almost seven in 10 members feel property owners should be allowed to make a ‘change of use’ without needing planning permission. Small business owner? Suffering planning problems? Call 01282 872570 and let our team help your … Continue reading

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