In a move that has pleased Development Specialist Richard Carr, Planning and Housing minister Brandon Lewis last week announced that the temporary office-to-residential permitted development (PD) right will be made permanent.
Rip down and start again
On top of making the temporary right permanent, Minister Lewis also said that the move would allow for unused office buildings to be pulled down and replaced with residential buildings.
The temporary decision was due to lapse at the end of May 2016.
Also, for developers who applied for a change of use during the temporary period, Lewis confirmed that they will three years in which to complete the change of use. In addition to the new PD rights, developers will be allowed to change the use of light industrial buildings and launderettes to new homes.