Converting offices into flats

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Amendment) Order 2013 has brought in various new permitted development rights. These new rights came into force on 30 May 2013 and enable an increased range of development to take place without the need to apply for planning permission.

One of the most interesting of these new permitted development rights is the right to convert offices into homes. This is aimed at addressing the UK housing shortage by making use of office space that landlords are having difficulty in letting…

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