Impact assessment

Reusing existing buildings: permitted development rights: impact assessment

Impact assessment on measures the government is bringing forward to relax planning regulations to enable better use of existing buildings.

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


New opportunities for sustainable development and growth through the reuse of existing buildings: impact assessment

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This impact assessment examines measures being taken forward to introduce a number of relaxations including allowing agricultural buildings to convert to other uses supporting rural growth; allowing a range of buildings temporary alternate uses for up to two years and increase the size thresholds for commercial buildings.

There will also be permission for allowing buildings within a use class to change to a new state funded school for a single academic year and permanent change to a new state funded school from certain specified use classes.

Published 9 May 2013