Prior Approval Change of Use from Offices to Residential

Private Client

Permitted development rights were introduced in 2013, allowing the conversion of offices into new homes without formal planning consent. This has contributed to a much-needed housing supply and has allowed greater scope for residential development throughout the Country. Taking advantage of these new rights on behalf of our clients we have gained prior approval consent for the change of use of offices to 11 studio and 2 bedroom flats just two miles from Leeds City Centre.

The site in question, formerly a three-storey Victorian mill building, was in use as offices. However, our client wanted to change the use of the property to residential use, comprising 9 studio flats and 2 two-bedroom apartments under Class O of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015. Fuller Long supported the application for prior approval with a highways report, contamination survey and supporting statement.

By putting forward a well designed and well thought out scheme that was fitting with the local area, Fuller Long managed to gain prior approval for the change of use from the Council and the works were able to commence.  Since their introduction, office to residential conversions has seen an exponential increase. These conversions have been a useful way of providing accommodation to meet housing demand in certain city centres. It has been reported that almost one in 10 new homes created in the last two years were converted from offices.

Fuller Long consultants are well versed in the submission of applications for prior notification for the change of use from offices to residential and would be pleased to assist any persons considering taking this route. To discuss a planning issue in regards to office to residential conversions with one of our experienced team of consultants contact us at

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