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Industrial space could be lost for innovative small businesses in creative industries

Date: 15/4/2016

Planning magazine reports that a further permitted development rights expansion will, from October 2017, make it easier for developers to change the use of light industrial buildings to housing without requiring planning permission. The new class PA permitted development right (PDR), contained in an amendment to the General Permitted Development Order introduced earlier this month, will last for three years and will enable light industrial units in the B1(c) class that may already be sited in residential areas to be used to provide new homes. 

Mike Kiely, Chair of the Board of the Planning Officers Society, told a Planning reporter he expected take-up to be lower than under the office-to-residential PDR. But he warned that some industrial space could be lost for innovative small businesses in the creative industries. These tend to occupy cheap, flexible secondary space that can be used for research, product development and small-scale manufacturing, he pointed out. Kiely pointed to the concentrations of small businesses in the fashion industry in Soho in central London, and high tech firms in Walthamstow, in the north-east of the capital.

Kiely, meanwhile, pointed to the concentrations of small businesses in the fashion industry in Soho in central London, and high tech firms in Wal-thamstow, in the north-east of the capital.

Kiely said that, while there are concentrations in some inner city areas, most light industrial space is dispersed across local authority districts.

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