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Is it possible to change the use of a building by relying on permitted development rights under Part 4 Class D of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 but in addition still rely on the previous use of the building, to operate a mix of uses from the building?

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Published on LexisPSL on 31/03/2017

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  • Is it possible to change the use of a building by relying on permitted development rights under Part 4 Class D of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 but in addition still rely on the previous use of the building, to operate a mix of uses from the building?

Part 4 Class D of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, SI 1995/418 (SI 1995/418, Sch 2, Pt 4) permits a flexible change of use, so that a building falling within use class A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 or D2 may be used for a use falling within either A1, A2, A3 or B1 for a period of two years.

During this two-year period, the building can be used for any use within A1, A2, A3 or B1 use, and can be changed to another use within the A1, A2, A3 or B1 use classes without further authorisation. For example, a building currently within B1 use can rely on these permitted development rights to change to A1 use for 18 months, and t

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