Lawful Use/Change of Use / by Matt Bailey

The limited availability of development sites, coupled with an ever-changing market has resulted in great pressure being placed upon existing buildings and their associated uses. Achieving a change of use of a site/building can bring otherwise redundant or underused premises into full occupation and increase value.

In recent years the Government has actively sought to create additional housing supply through changes to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) which allow certain changes of use to be carried out under "permitted development" or "prior approval", for example the conversion of office buildings to residential use in most locations. Planning Sense can provide a strategy for progressing such applications, other changes of use which require permission and also obtaining lawful use certificates where this is disputed / has been requested by the Council.


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