Establishing the impacts of the prior approval regime.

Publication Date 10 Sep 2015
Title Office-to-residential conversion
Category BCO Research & Policy
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Description Has the change to the permitted development regime affected the office market?

In May 2013, the Government made it easier to convert offices premises to new homes. This change meant that developers were permitted to notify local planning authorities of their intention to convert offices premises to new homes. Local authorities can either decide not to respond or to seek further details. If they decided not to respond then the developer was entitled to proceed with the development. This new regime expires in May 2016.

The research looked at the London and Bristol markets in detail and found that it had a substantial impact on the office markets in these cities. It estimated that 3,800 and 11,400 homes have been created in 2014 as a result of the new right. Read this research report for more information on this right.