Storage Permitted Development – The Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development Order) (England) 2015 as amended sets out the legislation regarding obtaining prior approval to convert storage or distribution buildings (B8) to dwelling houses (C3).

The prior approval procedure requires the Local Authority to be satisfied on the following matters: siting; design; transport; noise; air quality; contamination and flood risk.

The key requirements for obtaining prior approval are:

  • The right only applies to buildings that were last used or were in use as storage or distribution (B8) on or before 19 March 2014. This is the case even if there was a previous change of use prior to 19 March 2014 under other sections of the legislation, as long as the B8 use has been place for at least 4 years.
  • Change of use up to a maximum of 500m² cumulative floor space.
  • Listed Buildings, Article 1 (5) Land (including AONB), Scheduled Monuments and Sites of Special Scientific Interest do not qualify.
  • The legislation allows building operations comprising the installation or replacement of window doors, roofs or exterior walls and services. The structure must be capable of supporting these works but partial demolition is permitted.
  • After changing to a residential use, the building would not qualify for residential permitted development rights.
  • This is a brief overview of Schedule 2 Part 3 Class P of the development order, however we would strongly recommend a full review of the legislation is undertaken prior to considering an application.

If you think you may have a suitable building, then please get in touch with our Planning Department and we will be happy to carry out a full assessment of how the legislation might apply.

For more information please contact:

Pulborough: Clare Bartlett MRTPI
01798 877555

Tunbridge Wells: Harriet Richardson MRTPI
01892 509283