Changes to office useage
Notification requirments when changing to a dwelling
For a period of three years, between 30 May 2013 and 30 May 2016, it may be permitted to change the use of an office to a dwelling(s) so long as:
- The building was used for a use falling within Class B1(a) (offices) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order immediately before 30th May 2013 or, if the building was not in use immediately before that date, when it was last in use;
- The use of the building falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order must be begun before 30th May 2016;
- The site is not nor forms part of a safety hazard area;
- The site is not nor forms part of a military explosives storage area;
- The building is not a listed building or a scheduled monument.
This grant of planning permission is subject to Regulations 73 to 76 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended) which requires the Council to take into account whether the development would either on its own, or in combination, have a significant effect on a European Site. Where it is concluded that a significant effect on a European site would be likely the change of use would not be permitted development. You are strongly recommended to seek the opinion of Natural England as to whether your proposal is likely to have a significant effect on European sites.
We have produced an application form for you to complete and send to us, to seek a determination as to whether prior approval will be required from Fareham Borough Council or not.
The form sets out the legislative requirements for an application. However, you should be aware that the Council can request further information to allow it to assess the impact of the proposed development.
To avoid this and consequent delays in determining the matter, it is recommended that the following information is also submitted at the outset:
- A location plan at an identified standard metric scale (typically 1:1250). Plans should identify sufficient roads (normally two) and/or buildings on land adjoining the application site to ensure that the exact location of the application site is clear. It must also show the direction of North. The application site should be edged clearly with a red line.
- A site plan at an identified standard metric scale (typically 1:200). It should accurately show the direction of North and the proposed development in relation to the site boundaries and other existing buildings on the site, with written dimensions including those to the boundaries.
- Floor plans and elevations at an identified standard metric scale (typically 1:50). The drawings should explain the proposal in detail and clearly show the proposed works in relation to what is already there.
- A Transport Statement setting out the transport implications of the development. For small schemes, the transport assessment should simply outline the transport aspects of the application. For larger proposals (e.g. for a change of use to 5 or more dwellings), the assessment should illustrate accessibility to the site by all modes and the likely split of types of journey to and from the site. It should also give details of proposed measures to improve access by public transport, walking and cycling, to reduce the need for parking associated with the proposal and to mitigate transport impacts.
- A Contamination Statement setting out details of the previous use(s) of the site, along with details of any surveys that have been taken, along with any remediation measures proposed.
- A Flood Risk Assessment should identify and assess the risks of all forms of flooding to and from the development and demonstrate how these flood risks will be managed taking climate change into account.