How To Apply For Change of Use?

When changing the use of a building, there are various categories that warrant different procedures. For some changes of use, new planning permission will be required. Whereas, others will not and instead you will be free to alter the use of an area, as long as it follows building regulations and you have planning permission for any physical developments that are being made, despite the lack of its requirement for actually changing the use of the building or facility. In short, if a development does not leave its existing Use Class then planning permission to change its use is not required.

How Do I Apply For Planning Permission, in Order to Change Use Class?

Applying for planning permission for change of use is the same as applying for any planning permission. Just contact your Local Planning Authority via the Local Council. Many councils use an online portal that also includes a £60 service fee. Furthermore, the building work needs to comply with regulations. There are some types of work which will be exempt from the building regulations and an application will not be necessary. To simplify this entire process, you can use Happinest, who will deal with all the planning permission for you and in turn make planning your dream home or establishment immensely easier. 

Who Are Happinest?

Happinest are a family business that provide Professional Architectural drawings and Building Regulation drawings. After this, they manage the entirety of the planning process on your behalf, making planning a quick and efficient process, attempting to bring down the length of time that any form of property modification/addition may take. Happinest have an industry leading success rate of 98% in regards to receiving approval for plans and in turn have assisted thousands of property owners across the UK in not only adding to the comfortability and functionality of their buildings, but also increasing its value, should they choose to sell at a later date. Find out more about Happinest on their website here

What Scenarios Do Not Require Planning permission?

When attempting to change Use Class, it has been previously mentioned that some specific areas do not require planning permission. This is because some changes are covered via ‘permitted development’ rights. This means that permission is deemed to have been granted. In addition to this, some building work that is associated with these changes is also pre-granted. You should be careful to ensure that your change of use is covered under these rights before you begin. 

What is a Use Class?

There are 6 main Use Classes that divide many different forms of land use. Find below: each class and its details:

  • Class B – Businesses that supply people.

B2 – General Industrial 

B8 – Storage or Distribution

  • Class C – Locations where people sleep.

C1 – Hotels

C2 – Residential Institutions

C3 – Dwellinghouses 

C4 – Houses in Multiple Occupation

  • Class E – Commercial, Business and service
  • Shops, Offices, Restaurants, etc.
  • Class F1 – Learning and Non-Residential Institutions
  • Schools, Galleries, etc.
  • Class F2 – Local Community Uses
  • Sui Generis – Everything Else

What If a Property is in Two Use Classes?

In this relatively common scenario, a simple decision is made. If both components of the building are not only in two different classes but both have substantial magnitude, then the building is classed as Sui Generis. For example, if a building contains both a Restaurant that is open to outside customers and an unaffiliated hotel. However, if the two institutions have a void in significance, then the property will be classed under the larger of the two. An example of this would be a small office inside a school. It would not be Class E as a result of this minor office, but instead a Class F1, following the classification of the larger establishment, the school.

How to Share a House with an Ex

Going through a breakup is difficult to say the least. Often, when you’re in a relationship that is long-term, you begin to envision sharing milestones of your life with your significant other. For many of us, this involves moving in with our partners and sharing a property with them. However, the world of love is crazy, and often once we move in with our partners and make a commitment to a house (whether that be rented or with a mortgage deposit), our relationships don’t go to plan. In a worst-case scenario for many people, living with an ex is a nightmare. But financial commitments mean that sometimes we don’t have the choice. Here at We Buy Any House we have compiled our top tips on how to share a house with an ex.

Things to Consider Before We Start:

It’s Not Going to Be the Same:

Although you may be living together, things are definitely not going to be the same. Its important to remember that you don’t have the same rights in your current situation as you did when you were in a relationship and living as a couple. Yes, you may live together, but you don’t have the same rights. For example, if you used to expect your partner home at a certain time, those same expectations cant be put in place here.

How to Successfully Share a House with Your Ex:

Set Clear Boundaries About Finances and Behaviour:

As soul legend Aretha Franklin once said, it’s all about respect. Therefore, it’s important that you establish boundaries with your ex, in two spheres: finances and behaviour. Its vital that you both respect each other and abide by the other person’s wishes (as long as they are not outlandish), and when it comes to money, that you both have a diplomatic approach that is sensible.

Don’t Force Yourselves to Talk:

Just because you are in a situation where you live with an ex, doesn’t mean you have to force the small talk between you both. Therefore, sometimes silence is the best option. Sometimes small talk wont fill the awkward tension between you both, and you should just let the atmosphere fizzle out.  

Don’t Drink Together:

In emotionally charged situations, we all know that drinking alcohol can just be a way for pent up emotions to come out- regardless of whether they’re positive or negative. Therefore, its probably not a good idea to get drunk with your ex while you still live together, as this could potentially bring about a very awkward situation.

Sleep in Separate Bedrooms: If you’re not a couple, then there is absolutely no reason that you should be sharing a bed with your ex. Enough said!

This article was written by a quick house sale company We Buy Any House. If you’re wondering “how can I sell my house fast”, head to the We Buy Any House website for more information relating to all property related enquiries.