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New opportunities for sustainable development and growth through the reuse of existing buildings: Consultation

Date: 11/9/2012

EXTRACT:

Question 1: Do you think there should be permitted development rights for buildings used for agricultural purposes to change use to:

  • Class A1 (shops), A2 (financial and professional services), and A3 (restaurants and cafes),
  • Class B1 (Business) and B8 (storage and distribution),
  • Class C1 (Hotels)
  • Class D2 (Assembly and Leisure)

Yes   No 

Comments:

Unless of a very small scale, such changes of use would have land use impacts which are materially different to the existing uses.  They will be taking place in unsustainable locations, remote from services and facilities and often served by a substandard highway network.

The scale and cumulative impact of such development needs to be assessed in order not to undermine the vitality and viability of nearby settlements or the character of the area.

It is also important to establish that there is an existing building that is structurally sound and capable of conversion to the new use without extensive alterations or additions which would then amount to new building in the open countryside.

The existing requirements for planning permission ensure that the impact of the development is appropriately considered and mitigated against where appropriate.

 

 

 

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