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Change of Use Alterations

Date: 14/10/2013

The Society has published its consultation response.

  • Extract: 
    • The ambition to make best use of vacant properties and deliver more housing is something that POS supports. However, the draft prior assessment criteria do not reflect the government's desire to bring empty properties back into use by failing to set out a minimum vacancy time period as a pre-condition.
    • POS is pleased to see that the need for prior approval based on a number of key considerations has been recognised, and that there would be some financial recognition for undertaking a prior consideration 'assessment'. However, in reality these matters are not dissimilar to those which are already considered when assessing a full planning application, and therefore a similar amount of work will need to be done by local planning authorities for less money, at a time when council funding is already being stretched.

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