Extension of permitted development rights

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At the end of last month the government announced a number of changes to permitted development rights, including allowing the change of use from offices (Class B1(a)) to residential (Class C3) without the need for planning permission. The intention of the new scheme is to make best use of existing developed sites and facilitate speedier conversion of redundant office space into desirable residential accommodation.

The changes are expected to come into force in the Spring of 2013 and will initially apply for a period of 3 years, although the Government is to give further consideration to whether the new rights should be extended indefinitely…

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