New "Permitted Development Rights" under the Town and Country Planning Act take effect from 6th April 2104

New regulations will come into place on 6th April 2014 as part of a Government objective to reduce red tape.

The aim of these regulations is to:

• Make it easier for businesses to make best use of their premises.
• Deliver more homes.
• Support high streets.
• Support sustainability by promoting the re-use of buildings.
• Facilitate the provision of registered nurseries (‘to support working families’) and state-funded schools.

What exactly are the new “Permitted Development Rights”?

The new Rights emanate from last year’s consultation on proposals for Greater Flexibility in Planning. For the most part, they add to ‘Part 3’ General Permitted Development Order (‘GPDO’) change of use rights and mean that:

1. Buildings of up to 150 sq. m used as a shop (A1), or for financial or professional services (A2) can change to residential use– including any building operations that are ‘necessary’ for the conversion.

2. Buildings used as a shop (A1) can change to ‘essential financial services’ i.e. a bank, building society, credit union or friendly society (new Class CA) but not a betting shop or for payday loans.

3. Agricultural buildings of up to 450 sq. m can change to residential use, including certain specified and ‘necessary’ building operations - up to three dwelling houses can result from this new Class MB PDR.

4. Buildings in a wider variety of uses can become nurseries (in an expanded Class K) - and agricultural buildings can become schools or nurseries as well (the new Class MA).

For a more detailed note on the changes please click here.

Please contact us if you have any queries, or if you wish to discuss the implications of these ‘greater flexibilities’ for the use of property and for your wider development.

Andrew Whitehead
Director, Commercial Team

68a High Street, Huntingdon PE29 3DN

T: 01480 411224

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