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Permitted Development to Stay for Underused Offices

Ending a period of some uncertainty Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has recently announced he will make the temporary Permitted Development Rights permanent, making it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes.

The move will provide thousands of new homes and make the best use of existing buildings, including some that are underused and neglected – while at the same time protecting the green belt. To further support the delivery of new homes, the rights will in future allow the demolition of office buildings and new building for residential use.

First introduced in 2013, temporary permitted development rights have enabled offices to be converted to new homes without having to apply for planning permission. It has meant that between April 2014 and June this year, almost 4,000 conversions were given the go-ahead. However, these rights were set to expire on 30 May 2016 for more information please click here.

Ellis have extensive experience of conversion works having converted literally 100s of flats in recent years. Our most recent project is the conversion of Eastbourne’s former Council offices into 19 very smart town centre flats. Ellis have a wealth of experience in this area we can help considerably to reduce the risk that is often associated with conversion projects and working on old buildings.

Please contact us if you have a project you would like to discuss.

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