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Appeal: ‘Hazardous substances’ GPDO exception halts 65-flat scheme

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Plans to convert an office in Kennington, South London, into 65 flats under GPDO rules cannot go ahead, after an inspector ruled that the building lies within a safety hazard zone and is therefore exempt from permitted development.

The proposal sought permission to convert the five-storey building into 65 studio and one-bedroom flats, under class O of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO), which allows the conversion of class B1 offices into class C3 (residential development) without planning permission.However, there are a number of exceptional situations where development will not be permitted, including if the........
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