A new permitted development right has been introduced to allow the change of use of a building and any land within its curtilage from Class B1(c) (light industrial) to Class C3 (dwellinghouses).
These rights will be for a temporary period of three years, starting from 1st October 2017, to enable local authorities to potentially withdraw these rights, by using Article 4 directions. The change of use itself will be permanent.
The change of use will be subject to a process of prior approval from the relevant local authority, with conditions and limitations, including that the gross floorspace of the existing building cannot exceed 500sqm.
The prior approval process includes considerations of highways, contamination and flooding impacts, together with the sustainability of the provision of industrial services.
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