Amendment to General Permitted Development Order 2015

Following recent amendments to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order, the ability to convert offices into dwellings under permitted development has been made permanent – originally, the right was a temporary one and was due to expire in May 2016. Under the amendment to the Order, local authorities can consider noise impacts upon the intended occupants of the development. Where prior approval is granted (or where the local authority deems that it is not required) the change of use must be carried out within 3 years.