The BBC reports today that there will be no need for permission to change from commercial to residential. No doubt when we see the proposal on Wednesday there will be some limitations (such as removing this new right where it is EIA development - which would be right). What would the benefits be? More residential in city centres perhaps, helping the evening economy? The Government claims an extra 250,000 dwellings will result, which would obviously help. And being a conversion of an existing building there will be less local opposition I expect.
How will it deal with things like car parking demand, and the common section 106 requirements for affordable housing and education contributions? There might be a case for bringing this within CIL.
Anyway, it has whetted my appetite for Wednesday. Here's the link to the BBC report.