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Permitted development rights

On 30 May 2013, the government introduced changes to the planning system affecting permitted development rights.  The reforms aim to boost economic recovery and ease the national housing shortage, by putting into productive use vacant or underused office space.

The most controversial aspect of the reforms is a change to permitted development rights to allow change of use, without the need for a planning application, from office to residential use, for a limited three year period. More…