Town and Country Planning

Temporary permitted development rights for change of use from light industrial to residential now in force

2 October 2017 | Planning Policy Updates

As from 1st October 2017 until 30th September 2020, planning permission is no longer required for the change of use of light industrial premises (Use Class B1(c) ) to residential. Prior approval determination is still however required which is subject to limitations and conditions. The permitted development right is temporary however the planning permission is permanent.

This amendment (No. 332) was brought into force on 16th April, thus allowing LPAs well over a year to make any Article 4 directions to prevent such changs of use falling under 'permitted development' in their areas.

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