Showing posts with label small business. Show all posts
Showing posts with label small business. Show all posts

Friday, October 18, 2013

A Simplification in Change of Use... or is it?

Earlier this year the Government revised its development rights guidelines and the new, flexible Change of Use guidelines could benefit you if you are looking for a shop for your business. Buildings with A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 and D2 uses are now permitted to change use for a single period of up two years to A1, A2, A3 and B1 uses.

This added flexibility seems like great news for small businesses since it allows them to move into a new property much faster as there’s no lengthy planning application process to battle through first. Your new landlord / current property owner will not need to wait for you to obtain planning permission and will be less tempted to speak with other prospective tenants / buyers. Obtaining permission for Change of Use is one of the biggest causes of delays for small businesses (second only to slow solicitors!) and in some cases can lead to a landlord deciding not to consider you as a potential tenant.