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New Permitted Development Right

New rights to convert small industrial buildings to housing to come into effect on 1st October aimed at further increasing the supply of housing.

The amendment to the General Permitted Development Order will allow the change of use of Class B1(c) light industrial buildings and land within their curtilage to be converted to residential use, providing certain conditions are met. These include:

  • An application for prior approval must be made between 1st October 2017 and 30th September 2020;
  • The building must have been in lawful light industrial use on 19th March 2014 (or if vacant, have been last used for light industrial purposes);
  • The building floorspace is 500sqm or less; and
  • The site cannot contain listed buildings or scheduled monuments and must not form part of an SSSI or certain other sensitive areas.

Local planning authorities can only take into account certain matters including transport, contamination and flooding considerations, when determining the prior approval application. They can also take account of the importance of the local area for providing B1/B2/B8 services, and whether the introduction of a residential use into that area would have an adverse impact on the sustainability of providing those services.

If you would like to discuss how the new rights might benefit you, please contact Jonathan Buckwell or Eric Przyjemski on 01622 776226.

For more information call 01622 776226 or email:

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