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Summary of property use changes in force since 30 May 2013

Farm buildings changed to alternative use

Farm buildings changed to alternative useThe DCLG have published property use changes which came into force on 30 May 2013. Central government is sending a strong message to local government about the need to focus on regeneration and so these changes benefit property developers and property owners. The main use changes are:

New homes – commercial to residential change of use: new permitted development rights will allow change of use from offices B1(a) to homes (C3). (However, this change will not apply to areas within 17 local authorities who have applied for exemption.)

Redundant agricultural buildings: existing redundant agricultural buildings of 500 m² or less will be able to change to a range of new business uses.  There is more detail in a related article Rampant Barn Building: Myth or Reality?

Testing out start ups and pop ups: new retail ventures, financial and professional services, restaurants, cafes and businesses will be able to open for two years in buildings designated with A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 or D2 use classes.

This is to support the Mary Portas review of high streets and town centres.

Change in Commercial Thresholds: thresholds for permitted development rights for change of use from B1 (business) or B2 (general industry) to B8 (storage and distribution) and from B2 or B8 to B1 will increase from 235 m² to 500 m².

These are all changes of use to promote regeneration and are being implemented by way of amendment of the Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995.

By Elizabeth Deyong, Head of Commercial Property at Cambridge solicitors Barr Ellison.

Disclaimer: While we do all that is possible in terms of ensuring its accuracy, this blog contains general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You need to consult a suitably qualified lawyer from the firm on any specific legal problem or matter.

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