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B2 Use Class - General Industrial Units

B2 Use Class is a specific business use for General Industrial and specifically for uses that do not fall within the B1 use class.

B2 Use Class - General Industrial Units

B2 Use Class is a specific business use for General Industrial and specifically for uses that do not fall within the B1 use class i.e. for uses that would not generally be allowable within a residential area.

In addition, there are further excluded uses within the B2 Use Class, which fall within their own special uses classes, for example, Class B3, B4, B5, B6 and B7.

Due to the nature of such general industrial uses that could be undertaken within the B2 Use Class, there is generally no specific allowable permitted development change of use.

A planning application for would, therefore, be required to change from or to a B2 Use Class.

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Location of a B2 Use Class General Industrial building

The location of a B2 Use Class General Industrial building will often require careful consideration due to the nature of the processes undertaken.

For those reasons are often located on industrial parks and/ or on the edge or out of town locations which have historically required good transport links and access to a skilled workforce.

Individual buildings are often found in a range of locations including where such permission may not normally now be given, for example within open countryside and green belt. Such buildings can, therefore, raise issues when new extensions, alterations or changes in circumstances are required. Issues such as noise, fumes, impact on neighbouring residential or business uses are all such material considerations that may need to be addressed.

Due to the similarities in uses and flexibility for landlords and tenants alike, a B2 Use Class general industrial unit is sometimes combined with a B8 use to facilitate storage or distribution.

Plande has a wide range of experience with B2 Use Class General Industrial units of differing scales and complexities, including dealing with issues of buildings being located in sensitive locations.

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Disclaimer: This page provides an introduction only and is not a definitive statement of the law and should therefore not be relied upon. The information above relates to England only. Policies across the rest of the UK may differ. Contact your Local Planning Authority for advice and confirmation before any works are carried out. All images used are for illustrative purposes only. Read the full disclaimer here.

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