At the end of this month new legislation will come into effect which will allow the demolition of an existing light industrial / office building and to rebuild it for residential development.  The new Permitted Development Right will relate to buildings that were within Use Class B1 as of the 12th March 2020, and will allow a building of up to 1000 square metres to be demolished in favour of a single dwelling or a purpose built block of flats.  However, in order to take advantage of these new rights, you first need to apply to the Local Authority for ‘prior approval’.  In assessing a prior approval submission the Local Authority are required to consider a variety of different issues, including:

      • Transport and highway impacts
      • Contamination risk
      • Flood risk
      • The design of the new dwelling
      • The external appearance of the new building
      • The provision of adequate natural light to all habitable rooms
      • The impact of the development on neighbouring amenity
      • Noise impacts
      • Impact on business and new residents from additional residential use
      • Impact on heritage and archaeology
      • The method of demolition
      • Landscaping
      • Any air traffic / defence asset impacts

In many respects the prior approval process is therefore not dissimilar to applying for full planning permission, and any consent granted comes with a requirement for the development to be completed within 3 years of permission being granted.

Hewitt & Carr Services offers an appraisal service to determine whether your proposal would meet the relevant Permitted Development criteria, and can also coordinate the prior approval submission on your behalf, including preparing a supporting statement to demonstrate compliance with the provisions of the legislation.  If you are interested in taking forward the demolition of a light industrial building for residential use, then please get in touch to discuss further.

Tel: 01538 711777


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