Certificate of Lawfulness for use of the dwelling house into care home

Overview

The existing property was a typical 3 bedroom two-storey semi-detached family home.
Our client placed adults with mental health challenges in small residential units, to promote their recovery with a view to introducing them down to independent living and sought to use the property accordingly.

No changes were planned to the property with each resident having their own bedroom and shares the communal kitchen and dining area on the ground floor and the carer shares and participates in the domestic and living activities with the residents.

The staff supports the residents in the normal day-to-day activities to help them look after themselves, including personal care, cooking, and clean for themselves, with the staff providing additional cleaning of communal areas where individual residents are unable to clean to the required standard (for examples kitchens and bathrooms).

We were able to successfully justify that there was no material change of use and the proposed use fell within a C3 use class and as such, no planning permission was required.