Changing offices to residential without planning permission: the rise of flats

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The UK government recently announced in a letter to local authorities in England that new legislation will come into force in Spring 2013 allowing a change of use from offices to residential without the need to apply for planning permission. The change will be of interest to land owners and developers because, it is hoped, this new change will:

  • provide additional housing where there is a shortage;
  • encourage economic growth by providing a quick and flexible planning response;
  • create opportunities for new and start up businesses; and
  • promote vitality in town centres…

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