The legislation relating to Change of Use has been amended considerably in recent years. Prior to the General Election of 2015, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced a number of changes to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) and Use Class Order. These changes consolidated many of the previous amendments, but also introduced a number of new alterations.
Whilst some commercial and householder changes of use have become easier through new permitted development rights (PDR), these remain subject to a prior approval process and come with several caveats. For example there can be limitations as to the amount of floorspace which can be converted, and there are certain areas where PDR’s will not apply. These include National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within the curtilage of a Listed Building.
WPS Planning have the expertise to prepare robust change of use applications and present the right arguments to support your case. WPS Planning are also able to prepare suitable supporting documentation for your application. Our wide ranging experience covers workshops, retail, hotels and homes.