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The requirement for a Change of use Planning Application for using various building types in the UK

Most new buildings or major changes to existing buildings or to the local environment need consent – known as planning permission. Without a planning system everyone could construct buildings or use land in any way they wanted, no matter what effect this would have on other people who live and work in their area.
What a lot of people do not realise is that the different uses that a build can be used for is important under part of the planning system.
What this means is that different types of buildings have different Class Uses. Ie residential, shop use, office use, restaurant, industrial etc.
If you are looking to buy and use a shop premises as an office it would not be allowed unless you apply for a planning application for change of use from A1 (shops), to A2 (Financial and Professional Services).
This is special kind of application and could be part of a bigger project to ,say extend the property to make more room.

Below is a list of the Planning Class Uses and the possible use changes that would be allowed.
Some are especially new in that for a limited time you can interchange between classes without a formal application.
An example of this would be:- Permitted change to a mixed use as A1 & up to 2 flats
Temporary permitted change
(2 years) for up to 150 sq.m to A2,A3,B1 (interchangeable with notification)

We at Homplan Designs can advise you on what is allowed and guide you through the process. Ring Chris on 01253 737724

see our next blog for the different Planning Class uses

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