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29th May 2013

Changes to the General Permitted Development Order, in England, are due to come into force on 30th May 2013.

Amongst the changes:
– Premises in B1(a) office use will be able to change to C3 residential use, subject to prior approval covering flooding, highways and transport issues and contamination;
– Premises in B1, C1, C2, C2A, D1 and D2 use classes will be able to change use permanently to a state-funded school, subject to prior approval covering highways and transport impacts and noise; and,
– There will be increased limits for home and business extensions. For a period of three years, the respective size limits and percentage increases are to be doubled.

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