Further ‘Permitted’ Changes of Uses Come into Force

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 puts uses of land and buildings into various categories known as “Use Classes”. A further regulation, (the Town and Country Planning – General Permitted Development – Order 1995) grants what are called “permitted development rights”. These rights allow changes to a building without the need to apply for formal planning permission. Under this order, planning permission is not needed for some changes of use.

In August 2013 the Government published a consultation proposing a number new permitted development rights including allowing shops and agricultural buildings to be converted into homes;  shops to be converted into banks and building societies; and certain buildings to change to nurseries and education establishments. These changes came into force on the 6th April 2014. These changes are in addition to those which came into force last year, which included allowing offices to be converted into homes.

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