The Government has flagged for some time its intention to ease the planning process for anyone wishing to convert an existing building to a school. This is linked to the Government's education policies as well as the plan to devolve more power to local communities.
DCLG has just issued a consultation paper on this. Without expressing a preference, 4 options are given ranging from "do nothing" to "change from any use to school use".
The consultation period closes on 10 December 2010.