Offices to residential conversion: the details emerge

The government has amended the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 to make it possible to convert Class B1 office buildings to Class C3 residential dwellings without having to apply for planning permission. The amendment order was laid before Parliament on 9 May and will come into force on 30 May 2013.

The rights only extend to the change of use of the building and to internal alterations and fit out. Any external building work associated with the conversion (such as work to create or alter an existing entrance or to install balconies) will require planning permission. The rights also do not extend to listed buildings or schedules ancient monuments or sites in a safety hazard area or a military explosives storage area…

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