26 April 2021
Business Space, Commercial, Development, Industry News, Offices, Residential, Retail & Leisure
The new Class MA Permitted Development right allowing a range of commercial uses (Class E) to convert to housing without needing a planning application will be introduced on 1st August 2021. Class MA will replace the current Class O (Office to Residential) and Class M (Shops and financial and professional services to residential).
Key conditions for Class MA are:
The memorandum states that separate legislation later in the year will amend the right to introduce an additional prior approval in relation to the fire safety of the building changing use.
Article 4 directions exempting areas from current commercial-to-residential PD rights will continue to have effect on equivalent development in respect of offices under Class MA until 31 July 2022.
Contact SHW Planning if you have any questions on the new Class MA or if you would like to discuss your development opportunity.
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