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Under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, when would an accountant's practice (or any other professional practice) be considered anything other than use within class A2?

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Produced in partnership with David Brammer
Published on LexisPSL on 26/05/2016

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  • Under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, when would an accountant's practice (or any other professional practice) be considered anything other than use within class A2?

Under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987, when would an accountant's practice (or any other professional practice) be considered anything other than use within class A2?

This Q&A looks at when professional practices can be considered anything other than use within Class A2 under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987.

We refer you initially to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (TCPA 1990) and the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (SI 1987/764).

The general rule is that planning permission is not needed for changes in use of buildings within each class. UCO, SI 1987/764, Reg 3. For example, planning permission is not required for a change of use from a post office to a hairdresser, as both uses fall within class A1 (shops). However, alterations to the premises to facilitate the change of use may require planning permission. Each use is considered individually to determine its use class.

The relevant use classes are described below:

Class A2 under the UCO 1987 (as amended) encompasses financial and professional services where use of a building or other land is for the provision of:

  1. Financial services

  2. Professional services (other than health or medical services), or

  3. Any other services (including use as a betting office) which it is appropriate to provide in a shopping area

where

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