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Changes to planning laws: the impact on business

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Legislation increasing permitted development rights for business premises and the re-use of existing buildings has recently come into force. Key features include:

  • Permitting the change of use of offices to residential.
  • Allowing the flexible use of existing agricultural buildings.

The amendments are intended to reduce the burden of the planning system on businesses and help boost growth.

This checklist summarises the key planning changes that may affect businesses.

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