The government has announced new measures to enable conversion of offices into homes. The temporary development rights that permitted this conversion, without the need for a planning application, will now be made permanent. In addition:
- those who already have permission will have three years to complete the change of use;
- the rights will allow the demolition of office build- ings and new building for residential use; and
- new permitted development rights will enable the change of use of light industrial buildings and launderettes to new homes.