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Property Focus | Home extensions after the permitted development reforms

Caroline Allen looks at the impact of changes to the permitted development regime on home extensions. Will they help the previously sluggish state of the housing market, and how will they affect other sectors?

26 September 2013

Considerable changes have been introduced ?to the permitted development regime by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Develop-ment) (Amendment) (England) Order 2013, which came into effect on 30 May 2013.

It represents a concerted effort by the government to encourage development and stimulate economic growth through the streamlining of the planning system and the introduction of greater flexibility into the use class regime.

Two of the most significant amendments are introduced by the new Class J, under which existing B1(a) office buildings may be converted to C3 homes without the need for planning permission, other than in 17 designated areas set out at Article 1(6) (and almost entirely clustered in London and the south east), and the new Class D, whereby new and start-up businesses may use retail and commercial buildings for a continuous period of up to two years fro...

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