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Inspector Decision Held Flat Amalgamation Was A Change Of Use

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

A recent inspector decision on appeal looked at the circumstances where changing the use of a building from flats into a house would be a material one requiring planning permission.

Following the decision in Kensington and Chelsea RBC v SSCLG and Reis and Tong [2015] EWHC 2458 (Admin), the inspector looked at whether the use of a building as flats served a proper planning purpose and since the Local Plan identified a need for 2-3 bedroom properties for young people, concluded that it did. Therefore, changing the use of the building into one house was a material change of use that required planning permission.

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Tom Warrender

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Tom Warrender

Partner

Tom is a Solicitor and Partner with 14 years + experience advising clients in relation to commercial property matters. A Legal 500 recognised lawyer, Tom is a member of SHLA and CRELA, sits on our Board of Management & Heads our Social Housing Team.