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No size limit on new town centre-to-residential use permitted development right

No size limit on new town centre-to-residential use permitted development right

There would be no size limit on the buildings that can benefit from the government's newly-announced town centre-residential use permitted development (PD) right, while the change of rules would apply in conservation areas, the consultation document on the proposals reveals.

Government announces new permitted development right allowing range of town centre uses to convert to housing

Government announces new permitted development right allowing range of town centre uses to convert to housing

The government has announced new permitted development rights to allow buildings included in its newly-created Class E town centre use class, such as offices, restaurants, shops and gyms, to convert to housing without needing planning permission.

Campaigners will seek to appeal judgment dismissing their permitted development rights challenge

Campaigners will seek to appeal judgment dismissing their permitted development rights challenge

The campaign group behind the unsuccessful High Court bid to overturn recent permitted development and use class changes has said it will now seek permission to appeal today's decision, based on a specific point of environmental law.

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How developers and councils are responding to the new town centre use class

How developers and councils are responding to the new town centre use class

The rules on changing the use of buildings has just been relaxed. Most shops can now be converted to offices and other uses without planning permission. How will developers and councils respond?

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Five legal verdicts to look out for this autumn

Cases due before the courts October-November 2020. Hearing dates may be subject to change.

Why some fear the government's use class overhaul may be a threat to town centres

Why some fear the government's use class overhaul may be a threat to town centres

The government's shake-up of high street use classes will be "transformational", commentators agree, but some warn of unintended consequences that could threaten the town centres the changes are seeking to protect.

The opportunities and threats presented by Jenrick’s broad new town centre use class

The opportunities and threats presented by Jenrick’s broad new town centre use class

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has announced proposals to introduce a “broad” new use class as part of a package of measures to revitalise town centres. However, some commentators have warned that the move could have unintended consequences.