March 2016 Further Changes introduced to permitted development

Various amendments have been made to the General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015.

The main changes relate to permitted rights for change of use of buildings to residential use and include;


  • Allowing a building used as a launderette to change to residential use


  • Office into residential use (Class O of Part 3 of Schedule 2) permitted development rights are now made permanent
    • A condition allowing the local planning authority to consider noise impacts on the intended occupants of the development from premises in commercial use is included in the extended right.
  • Change a building in light industrial use to residential use a temporary right (Class PA of Part 3 of Schedule 2) to, where an application for determination as to whether prior approval is required is made on or after 1 October 2017 and the prior approval date occurs on or before 30th September 2020.

Please feel free to contact Chris at Arc Planning if you want to discuss these new rights and how they might affect you.