Anything that is considered to be a ‘material’ change of use needs planning permission. What is determined as material will depend on the circumstances of each case and is decided by the local planning authority (LPA)
A Change of Use Application is submitted to change the use of an existing building from one planning class to another, for example from Class E, a retail shop or restaurant to a sui generis use. Other changes are permitted development or require some form of prior approval or notification.
We have worked on many projects where the conversion of a building included a change of use.
Please take a look through the various sectors in the menu above, where you will find links to some of the many projects we have worked on, where one planning class has been changed to another. Change of use planning is very common, but the procedure can be quite complicated. Plande has huge experience in this field and can even achieve a positive outcome where others have failed.