Permitted Development Rights made permanent
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 in 2013 and were set to expire in May 2016. However, due to success of the temporary measure in delivering a significant number of dwellings across the country, the legislation has now been made permanent.
There are some key legislative changes too, which are summarised below:
- A new condition allowing local planning authorities to consider “impacts of noise from commercial premises on intended occupiers of development” will now be included. This will be particularly relevant in assessing applications for the partial change of use buildings to residential use, where others parts will continue in commercial use.
- Development must be completed within a period of 3 years starting with the prior approval date. This applies to prior approval applications that have already been granted under the temporary legislation, i.e. an application granted in July 2014 must be completed by July 2017.
- From 31 May 2019, exemptions areas (known as article 2(5) land), which include large areas of central London will no longer be exempt from the permitted development right. However, LPA’s can bring into force article 4 directions removing rights, subject to approval by the Secretary of State.
The full legislation can found here.
Kingsbury are market-leaders in the management, sale and development of PD schemes, having already completed sales in excess of 1,250 units.
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