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Section 57 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990) states that planning permission is required for 'development'—which is defined in TCPA 1990, s 55(1) as a material change of use or operational development. Planning permission can be granted in a number of ways, including an express planning permission or via national permitted development rights.
Specific use classes are set by the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (the Use Classes Order), SI 1987/764. TCPA 1990, s 55(2)(f) states that a change of use within a specific use class does not comprise 'development' and therefore no planning permission is needed, whether express or under permitted development rights. There are also permitted development rights for a changes of use from certain use classes to other use classes.
The purpose of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 (the Regulations), SI 2020/757, which came into force on 1 September 2020, is to temporarily re-align the use classes until 31 July 2021 when the government has stated that it will create new permitted development rights. The Regulations, SI 2020/757 have amended the Use Classes Order, SI 1987/764 so that certain use classes have been combined into one use class. An example of this is the new 'Commercial, business and service' use class (Class E) which incorporates the previous shops (A1), financial
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