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Articles 8th Dec 2015

Office to Residential Permitted Development Right to be made permanent

From May 2016, the government will introduce a permanent permitted development right for change of use from class B1(a) (offices) to class C3 (dwellinghouses). This replaces the temporary right, which was due to expire on 30 May 2016.

The DCLG has also confirmed that those who already have permission will have three years to complete the change of use. This will provide future certainty for developers wishing to develop office space into residential accommodation. The government also confirmed that the new rights will also, subject to prior LPA approval:

  • allow the demolition of office buildings and new building for residential use
  • enable the change of use of light industrial buildings and launderettes to new homes.

The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the present time and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.

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