Permitted development regulations updated for change of use to dwellings

England: The Government announced last week that they are extending Permitted Development rights for change of use of agricultural and storage buildings to residential dwellings with amended regulations which will come into force on 6th April 2018. One of the key changes is to permitted development rights for barn conversions (change […]

New permitted development rights for change of use from light industrial to residential

England: New permitted development rights became available on the 1st October 2017 potentially allowing the conversion of B1(c) (light industrial) buildings to C3 Residential Dwellings. This is only a temporary permitted development right, with the permitted development right ceasing on the 1st October 2020. The right was contained in the Town and […]

Brownfield land register legislation comes into force in England

England: Following various government consultations in early 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government have announced that they are pressing ahead with legislation to create brownfield registers and introduce new planning powers that will allow Local Planning Authorities to grant permission in principle. With effect from 16th April 2017 the […]

Government’s Planning Practice Guidance updated with 10-unit affordable housing threshold

England: Following their success in the Court of Appeal as we reported last week, the Government has returned the national 10-unit affordable housing threshold to its Planning Practice Guidance making it clear to Council’s that this is once again adopted Government policy which they must take into account in making […]

Office to residential permitted development rights confirmed as permanent

England: After much speculation, permitted development rights to allow the conversion of offices (Use Class B1(a)) to residential (Use Class C3) have been made permanent by the Government with effect from 6 April 2016. Temporary permitted development rights allowing the conversion of office buildings were first introduced by coalition Government in 2013 […]

UPDATED: Office to residential permitted development rights to become permanent

England: In a statement made yesterday, the Government has announced that the temporary permitted development right allowing the change of use of offices to residential dwellings will definitely now be made permanent. Further details have been provided today in the form of a statement by Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis. […]

Government seek to appeal affordable homes threshold ruling

England: The government has been given permission by the Court of Appeal to appeal to it against the recent High Court ruling that struck down the national 10-unit affordable threshold. The judgement (which we reported here) issued in July resulted in the quashing of the government’s 8-month old policy that residential schemes of […]

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