Consultation outcome

Greater flexibilities for change of use

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

This report provides a summary of the responses to the consultation on ‘Greater flexibilities for change of use’, which closed on 15 October 2013. The report reflects the main points made in the responses and the government response.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Proposals outlining measures to reduce planning burdens and support better use of existing buildings.


Consultation description

The proposals in this consultation support government priorities for making better use of existing buildings, supporting the high street and rural communities; providing new housing; developing more free schools and contributing to the provision of child care for working families.

The consultation seeks views on 5 proposals for permitted development rights to allow:

  • shops and financial and professional services to change use to a dwelling house
  • existing buildings used for agricultural purposes of up to 150 square metres to change to residential use
  • retail uses to change to banks and building societies only
  • premises used as offices, hotels, residential and non-residential institutions, and leisure and assembly to be able to change use to nurseries providing childcare
  • a building used for agricultural purposes of up to 500 square metres to be used as a new state funded school or a nursery providing childcare

All proposals also include permission to carry out building work connected with the change of use.