Office use uncertainty prevents residential use

The conversion of a locally listed building in Hertfordshire into three residential units under Class O of Part 3 to Schedule 2 of the GPDO 2015 was denied after an inspector decided that the appellant had not proved that it had a lawful Class B1 use.

Examining the evidence, the inspector decided that a statutory declaration did not determine whether an insurance brokers or a sublet office use to another company fell within Class B1(a), or Class A2 or were sui generis. A valuation statement and insurance certificate were also insufficient since they related to single points in time and did not confirm that as at May 2013 the building was in use as offices or had a lawful office use. On this basis permitted development rights under Class O did not apply.

Inspector: Robert Fallon; Written representations

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