Planning Success for Certificate of Lawfulness confirming proposed residential use

Planning House are delighted to have secured approval of a Certificate of Lawfulness for the proposed residential use of a block of 10 flats used as student House in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Newcastle upon Tyne.

In 2003 the development of the building had been granted  planning permission to be built and operate as 10 student flats.  Each flat was  permitted as C4 HMO’s.

We were instructed to submit a Certificate of Lawfulness of Proposed Use or Development application (a CLOPUD) under Section 192 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) in relation to the building. The aim was to establish that the proposed use as residential would be lawful by virtue of being permitted development under Schedule 2, Part 3, Class L of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended).

The GPDO permits change of use from a  a C4 HMO to   C3 residential use under Class L. The original permission did not impose any restrictive conditions on the building nor were there any other restrictions on the use by way of Article 4 Direction being in place.  Therefore the Local Authority agreed the proposed change of use falls under permitted development and granted the certificate of lawfulness for the proposed use (CLOPUD).

This approval will assist our clients in terms of maximizing the value of the site as they intend to sell the properties.

A big thank you to Wisemove for introducing Planning House to this client.

Related Content:

As well as our set of FREE EBOOKS offering information on the basics of key town planning topics, we’ve also produced handy practical guides to help unravel the red tape of town planning.

Our Practical Guide Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) is available if you are considered a HMO development.  If you are in need of further assistance with anything related to HMO planning, a Town Planner can provide you with the guidance you need for a smooth transition please feel free to CONTACT US to discuss your situation.

As well as a Practical Guide for HMO’s we also have one on Certificate of Lawfulness for existing uses or development (CLEUD) and one covering Certificate of Lawfulness for a proposed use or development (CLOPUD).