Temporary rights to become permanent

Posted on 10 November 2015.

Earlier this month, Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis announced that temporary permitted development rights to turn office premises into residential accommodation will now be made permanent.

Temporary permitted development rights were first introduced by the Government in 2013 to enabled offices to be converted to new homes without the requirement for planning permission.

The rights, which were due to expire on 30 May 2016, will also now allow for the demolition of office buildings and new building for residential use. In addition, the new rights will allow the change of use of light industrial buildings and launderettes to new homes.

Furthermore those who already have permission will have 3 years in which to complete the change of use ending potential uncertainty for developers.

“We’re already seeing high demand for freehold office buildings in the local area, but I think these changes will not only continue to feed that requirement but also turn the spotlight onto light industrial units and launderettes,” commented Sarah Ellis of Neil Mason Associates. “We have a list of investors and developers waiting for these buildings to become available and are well practised in working alongside architect firms to assist in the production of feasibility studies for such schemes.”

If you have office space or light industrial units which you think might fall within the permitted development rights, please call us on 01604 799010 and we can advise on taking the project further.

For more information about the changes, please visit the Government announcement page.