Class MA PD Rights Approval in London

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SFP are pleased to report we recently were successful in achieving prior approval for a change of use from Class E to residential (Class C3) on Tottenham Lane, within the London Borough of Haringey. This was via Class MA of the General Permitted Development Order, which was introduced in August 2021 and can be a powerful tool available to developers.

On this site, there were previous failed attempts via planning applications to change to residential but through the use of Class MA permitted development rights, we “unlocked” the site for our Client working alongside PAPA Architects.

By way of background, Class E is a use class is for any building in such uses as shops, financial and professional services, restaurants and cafes, offices, light industrial, medical or health services, creches, day nursery and indoor sports. Permitted development rights area available to change to residential, subject to certain criteria. There is a maximum floor space of 1,500 square metres which can change in a building or part of a building via Class MA. This increased the previous limit of 150 sq m. Buildings amongst other things need to have been vacant for 3 months prior to the submission. The Council can then only consider a finite number of issues relating to;

  1. a)       transport impacts of the development;
  2. b)       contamination risks on the site;
  3. c)       flooding risks on the site;
  4. d)       impacts of noise from commercial premises on the intended occupiers of the development and;
  5. e)       the provision of adequate natural light in all habitable rooms of the dwelling houses;

Should you require help with gaining prior approval or planning permission in London or need help with an appeal, then please contact SF Planning’s London office now: or 020 3763 8005.

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