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Eric Pickles Announces New Reforms

Feb 11

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11 February 2013 12:07  RssIcon

The government recently announced new planning measures regarding the conversion of office spaces. As we are all too aware there is a national housing shortage and these reforms will make it easier to convert empty or underused office spaces into homes. New permitted development rights will allow this without the need for planning permission from the local authority.

There are also reforms to the development of agricultural buildings, which can now be converted for other business use without the need for planning permission. It is hoped this will increase local enterprise and cut red tape. President of the Country Land and Business Association , Harry Cotterell, said:

“We are very pleased with this announcement. It is something for which we have campaigned for years. It offers farmers and land managers the chance to find alternative sources of income by using their redundant agricultural buildings in new ways. This will underpin their farming businesses and boost the rural economy by helping to create new jobs and businesses at a time when they are greatly needed.”

If you have a property which may be affected by these changes and wish to seek professional advice on the matter, please contact us.    

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