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The UK Government has recently amended permitted development rights to enable greater flexibility to shop owners to adapt to the UK’s changing high streets.
From 25 May 2019, changes of use from retail, takeaways, betting shops, payday loan shops and launderettes to use as office space no longer require a full planning application.
The changes also allow temporary changes of use to community uses such as public halls and library’s.
The previous regulations were seen to be a hindrance to the ability for high streets to adapt to changing consumer habits and the shifting nature of the British high street. This is especially important at a time where high street shops are closing at the highest rate for 9 years. The change will save commercial property owners and prospective tenants hassle, time and money in applying to the Local Authority for change of use.
There have also been changes made to the permitted development rights regarding residential extensions - more information can be found here.