The Government has now opened consultation on supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure.  This consultation with run from 3 December 2020 to 28 January 2021.

Having recently simplified the change of use in such cases, further flexibility to allow the broader uses to change to residential use are being built on. Under the current permitted development rights, it already provides shops, financial and professional services and offices to change to residential use, this will continue to apply until 31 July 2021. The proposal is to draw these together into a single right that provides for the change of use from any use within Commercial, Business and Service use class to residential (C3). The single right will provide clarity and greater planning certainty to support the delivery of a significant number of additional homes, developing brownfield sites and making effective use of existing commercial buildings and to help the prevention of empty buildings. As a result of this, all will be required to meet the nationally described space standard, coming into effect from 1 August 2021.