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2011 Budget – Commercial to Residential Conversions

George Osborne’s Budget speech included mention of the Government’s intentions to consult on a change in the Use Class Order to allow changes of use from business, general industrial and storage sites and buildings to residential developments. The apparent thinking behind this move is to support the urgent need to increase housing supply.  Whilst some empty office premises in town and city centres may be suitable for such a change and may even result in desirable living space, other uses and their associated operations could have serious impact upon residential amenity, particularly in terms of smells and noise generated; not many people would wish to live next-door to a heavy industrial use or chemical plant. To prevent conflicts between businesses and residents most industrial and [...]

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