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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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Changes to the General Permitted Development Order

On 6th September regulations were laid in Parliament to amend the Town & Country Planning General Permitted Development Order 1995 and the Town & Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England)(Amendment) Regulations 2011, with some changes coming into force 1st October 2011 and some 1st December 2011. These changes include new permitted development rights for householders to install micro wind turbines and air source heat pumps; the installation of electrical outlets for the recharging of electrical vehicles in off-street public and private car parks and amendments to clarify that local authorities can install on-street charging points for electric vehicles as permitted development. The changes to the advertisement regulations give deemed consent to installers of charging points and energy suppliers to display … Continue reading

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