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Permanent office to residential rights confirmed

Permitted development rights to convert offices to homes will be made permanent from 6 April, the government has confirmed.

The amendment to the General Permitted Development Order includes a new condition allowing local planning authorities to consider "impacts of noise from commercial permises on the intended occupiers of the development".

The regulations remove the exemption of certain areas from the permitted development right, with effect from 31 May 2019.  This will allow exempted areas, which include parts of central London and Manchester city centre, to bring into force article 4 direction (which enables the Secretary of State or the local planning authority to withdraw specified permitted development rights across a defined area) if they wish.

A new 3-year temporary permitted development right for the change of use from light industrial to housing will also be created, up to a maximum floorspace of 500 square metres - this new right will come into force on 1 October 2017.

Source: Planning Resource

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