Contact one of our advisors now Call 0800 088 6004

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.

If you have any issues around Commercial Property or require assistance from our Residential Conveyancing team simply pick up the phone to get started.



Tom Warrender


Tom Warrender


Tom is a Solicitor and Partner with 15 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.