DCLG has launched a consultation entitled "New
opportunities for sustainable development and growth through reuse
of existing buildings" which, if enacted, will make it
possible for a change of use from hotel (Class C1) to residential
dwellinghouse (Class C3) without the need for planning
The aim of the consultation is to explore measures to bring
empty and redundant buildings back into productive use and to boost
the numbers of new homes delivered each year.
Such new permitted development rights may increase land values
particularly for those hotels where a conversion could be achieved
without any additional development work. This is not only
because of the ability to change to a C3 use, but further because
it would be possible to do so without planning obligations under a
s106 agreement and without having to provide any affordable
element. Where additional development (e.g. external physical
alterations) is required to effect a conversion, planning
permission would still be required in the usual way.
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