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Temporary Permitted Changes of Use

Temporary use of buildings

The following change of uses will not require planning permission for a limited time:

  • Buildings with a range of uses - shops, financial and professional services, cafes, pubs, fast food takeaways, offices, non residential institutions, assembly and leisure (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 and D2) to change to uses having a lesser or similar impact including shops, financial and professional services, cafes, offices, (A1, A2, A3 and B1) for a single temporary period of up to two years, subject to a 150m2 size limit;
  • Buildings in all use classes to change to use as a state-funded school for a temporary period of one academic year, subject to approval by the Secretary of State for Education. 

 

On the 21st July 2020 the government published the The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 which will come into force on the 1st September 2020. Previous Use Classes will still be applicable until 31st July 2021 (which is the transitional period).

Table of changes

 

Current Use

Current Use Class

New Use Class (from 1/09/2020)

Shops´╣Ą280m² and no other ≤1,000m radius

A1

Class F2

Local community uses

Shops

Commercial, Business and Service

Supermarkets

Post Offices

Travel Agencies

Sandwich Bars

Hairdressers/Barbers

Funeral Directors/ Undertakers

Retail Warehouses (Argos etc.)

Domestic Hire Shops

Dry Cleaners

Locations to receive items for cleaning or repair

Internet Cafés

A1

Class E

Commercial, Business and Service

Banks and Building Societies

Estate Agents, Travel Agents and Employment Agencies

A2

Class E

Commercial, Business and Service

Restaurants

Cafés

A3

 

Public Houses/Wine Bars etc. where no or little food is served

Drinking Establishments with expanded food provision

A4

Sui Generis

Hot Food Takeaways

A5

Sui Generis

Offices

B1(a)

Class E

Commercial, Business and Service

Research and Development of products and processes

B1(b)

Class E

Commercial, Business and Service

Light Industrial appropriate in a residential area

B1(c)

Class E

Commercial, Business and Service

Doctor Surgery, Clinics, Medical Centres, Acupuncture Clinics etc. (except where linked to the residence of the practitioner)

D1

Class E

Commercial, Business and Service

Crèches, Day Nurseries or Day Centres

D1

Class E

Commercial, Business and Service

Schools, Galleries, Museums, Libraries, Places of worship,

D1

Class F1

Learning and non-residential institutions

Cinemas, Music/ Concert/ Bingo/ Dance Halls

D2

Sui Generis

Gymnasiums, Indoor Sports and Recreation (except where motorsports or firearms are used)

D2

Class E

Commercial, Business and Service

Halls or Meeting Places for principal use of the local community, Local community uses, Swimming Pools, Skating rinks, Outdoor Sports and Recreation (except where motorsports or firearms are used)

D2

Class F2

Local community uses

Theatres, Betting Offices, Payday Loan Shops,

Funfairs, Large Houses in multiple occupation (seven or more), ‘Alkali Works’, Hostels providing no significant element of care, Scrap Yards, Yards for the Storage/Distribution of Minerals, Yards for the Breaking of Motor Vehicles, Fuel Stations, Shops selling and/or displaying Motor Vehicles, Retail Warehouse Clubs, Nightclubs, Launderettes, Police Stations, Taxi Businesses, Car Hire locations, Amusement Arcades and Centres, Casinos, Tattoo Parlours, Beauticians, Massage Parlours, Nail Bars, Landfill Sites, Motor Sport Arenas, Firearms Ranges

Sui Generis

Sui Generis

Updated: 18th March 2021

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