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01/03/2014

Boles moves on office to home conversion rights

Scaffolding on buildings - Two local authorities have misapplied Article 4 directions in trying to stop office-to-home conversion under permitted development rights introduced last May.
Two local authorities have misapplied Article 4 directions in trying to stop office-to-home conversion under permitted development rights introduced last May.
 
In a written ministerial statement, planning minister Nick Boles claimed that a small number of councils are trying to undermine the reforms. He said eight authorities had issued Article 4 directions to remove the right, with some applying to specific areas and other across the entire council area.
 
The DCLG is asking Broxbourne Borough Council and the London Borough of Islington to make their Article 4 directions “more targeted”. The government will also update national planning guidance on how authorities can apply tests on applications for prior approval for office-to-home conversions.
 

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