Due to the Coronavirus global pandemic outbreak, this month has seen the introduction of temporary permitted development rights, facilitating the Governments response to the outbreak by negating the need to apply for planning permission for the change of use to field hospitals. For specific planning news in relation to the outbreak, please see our Coronavirus updates published that are being updated regularly and can be found here:https://www.freeths.co.uk/2020/04/08/coronavirus-planning-update/Away from the Coronavirus outbreak, on the 02 April 2020, the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced the “biggest changes in a generation” to building safety of high rise buildings in response to the Grenfell fire.

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