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09/10/17
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Under the Town and Country
Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016, permitted development will now be allowed for a change of use from Class B1c (Light Industrial) to C3 (Dwellinghouses).

The new change of use, which came into effect on Sunday 1st October 2017, will apply for a temporary period of three years; however, any change of use between these classes in that time will be permanent.


We have seen the influence that the decision to allow the permitted development change from B1a (Offices) to C3 (Dwellinghouses) has had on the level of office stock; however, it will be interesting to see what effect it has on the industrial sector. We already found a shortage of industrial space, with spiralling rents and expect this scenario will continue. The permitted change of use does not allow external alterations, so it is possible Planners may seek to retain employment uses, where they wish to maintain jobs in their area.

An interesting difference to consider is the future of each of these asset classes. With the emergence of serviced office providers, such as; The Office Group and WeWork providing space for the newer, more tech savvy “millennials,” it poses the question of how much longer the more traditional office will needed. In contrast, in the age of instant gratification and next day delivery, the loss of valuable industrial space could prove costly. London’s industrial land stocks are of vital importance to supporting its changing employment market, and we hope London boroughs fight aggressively to protect as much of their land as possible. For now, we will have wait and see what effect this change will have.

More information about the permitted change of use at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/332/article/8/made.