Permitted Development Rights for Commercial Premises

Apex Permitted Development Rights for Commercial Premises

Changes in permitted development rights (PDR) have made it easier than ever to change the use of Class E properties – but it can still be a complex issue as we explore in our blog this month… Commercial Property Development Owners of commercial property now have more opportunity than ever before to change the use…

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Flexibility could be Good News for Rural Plans

Apex rural planning

A government consultation of change of use could offer hope to those in rural areas seeking to create residences from industrial and farm properties… Rural Planning The government has published a consultation on permitted development rights, which could offer would-be developers of rural commercial and agricultural properties more flexibility. For those of you that have…

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Government Proposes more Planning Freedom for Farmers

Apex planning freedom for farmers

The recent UK Farm to Fork Summit addressed the barriers and challenges that face farmers and the rural economy… Planning Freedom for Farmers A number of lifelines are being offered to farmers and land managers, following the UK Farm to Fork Summit in May, with the government committing to offering ‘greater planning certainty and flexibility’…

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New Planning Proposals Target Airbnb and Holiday Lets

A new planning proposal could see homeowners required to seek planning permission for short-term lets and associated permitted development rights… New Use Class for Short Term Lets New proposals could require existing homeowners to seek permission to use their properties as short-term lets and introduce a new class – a C5 short term let –…

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Could listed homes jump on the solar panel bandwagon?

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With one London borough getting set to allow solar panels on listed buildings, could this be a trend that will be copied across the country, as local authorities continue their bid to become carbon neutral? Solar Panels on Listed Buildings Thanks to the current energy crisis and rising inflation, more and more of us are…

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Retail to Residential: A Golden Opportunity?

Apex retail to residential

In towns and cities across the UK, retail units are sitting empty. Meanwhile, the demand for affordable housing continues to grow. Do changes to Permitted Development Rights provide a golden opportunity for developers to profitably address both issues? Changes to Permitted Development Rights Repurposing Class E (retail, commercial and office) space into Class C3 (residential)…

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How Covid has changed the rules for garden offices

Apex Garden Office

The rise in workers needing an office space at home has pushed the case for garden offices to be allowed through permitted development… Demand for Garden Buildings Over the past 18 months the world of working from home has been opened to a wider proportion of the population than ever before. As last spring’s lockdown…

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The highs and lows of the new Permitted Development Rights

Apex Permitted Development Rights

Changes in existing Permitted Development Rights will make it easier to extend homes to create new dwellings, and maybe even help to revitalise the high street without miles of red tape, but the changes have also raised some concerns… Permitted Development Rights Permitted Development Rights (PDR) allow property owners and developers to carry out certain…

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Looking good – a new national design code

National Design Code

Beauty and placemaking are the focus of proposed changes to the NPPF and a draft national design code Tree-lined streets are just one of the changes we can expect to see on new developments in the future if the government’s draft proposals pan out. Following the publication of the Planning White Paper Planning for the…

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