Monthly Archives: April 2011

Consultation on change to Use Classes Order

On Friday 8th of April DCLG published a 12 week consultation on proposed changes to the Use Classes Order. The main proposal is to allow changes of use from B1 business use to C3 residential dwelling house use without the need for a planning application. Government are also seeking views if the changes should go further and allow change from B2 general industrial and B8 warehousing to C3. The consultation includes further questions on when these change of use should be acceptable and any necessary mitigation measures. If you would like to find out more, or discuss how this may affect you contact the Kirkwells team on 01282 872570, or Michael Wellock via email

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Localism Bill And Planning

The first in our series of mini guides on the Government’s Localism Bill provides a brief summary of the Bill’s proposals for planning. In the next few days, we will be writing in more detail about particular aspects of the Bill and how they could begin to affect you. We also provide our early take on how we think you can begin to get to grips with the new planning landscape. What is Localism? The Government sees Localism as being about giving power back to local communities. And includes a range of measures to do this. Regional Spatial Strategies So one of the first things it will do is abolish regional strategies. The Government had tried to do this soon … Continue reading

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