Change of Use

Change of Use Architects Manchester

At Muse Architects, we understand that navigating the complex world of planning permission and change of use can be overwhelming for many property owners. That's why we're here to help guide you through the process and provide expert advice and support every step of the way.

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Why work with us?

1 | Extensive experience in securing planning permission for a range of projects.
2 | Expertise in identifying key issues and developing strategies to address them.
3 | Comprehensive planning services including, feasibility, preparation applications.
4 | Support with planning appeal processes, representation at planning committee meetings.
5 | Strong relationships with local authorities in the North West. 
6 | Commitment to delivering excellence and support at every stage of the process.

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What is Change of Use?

Change of Use refers to the change in the purpose of a building or land that may require planning permission or lawful development certificate, depending on various criteria. Change of Use within the same use class can often be done under permitted development, providing that all necessary planning criteria and constraints are met. On the other hand, if there is a change of use from one use class to another, planning permission is required. Building work associated with changes of use may also require planning permission, depending on the extent of the work. However, there are potential constraints that can make the simplest of projects into a very complex planning application. 

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What are the complications of Change of Use?

Every type of development must meet certain design criteria and planning policies, which may vary between different local planning authorities. There are also hidden constraints such as article 4 direction, section 106, conservation areas, and even living under a flight path that can limit or remove permitted development rights, meaning that full planning approval is needed. Specialized reports may also need to be submitted, such as heritage statements, flood risk assessments, and transport surveys, among others.

At Muse Architects, we understand that navigating the complex world of planning permission and change of use can be overwhelming for many property owners. That’s why we’re here to help guide you through the process and provide expert advice and support every step of the way.

When it comes to change of use, it’s important to understand that there are a range of potential constraints that can impact your project, from planning policies to hidden restrictions like conservation areas or flight paths. Even seemingly simple projects like outbuildings can become complex planning applications if they don’t meet all the necessary design criteria.

Our design process begins with a thorough analysis of the site's history and physical properties. We gather information from surveys and discuss your specific goals and objectives with you to create a detailed project brief. During the concept design stage, we work to translate your existing space into a design that meets your aspirations. This is a collaborative process where we brainstorm ideas and provide ongoing feedback to turn your vision into a reality. Our goal is to create a design that aligns with your brief and meets your desired outcomes.

During this stage, we brainstorm ideas and give ongoing feedback to ensure that our designs meet the requirements of the design brief and accurately reflect your vision. We also consider applicable planning policies and conduct the necessary research to identify the potential scope of the project.

To make the most of your existing space, we create layout plans, elevations, sections, and 3D visuals. As we progress through the concept design stage, we continually review and refine the design brief to ensure that the project is feasible. Once the concept design is complete, we prepare the necessary planning drawings to apply for planning permission.

During the technical design stage, Muse Architects will ensure that all aspects of your project are carefully planned and designed to meet your specific needs and preferences. We will provide detailed and accurate building regulations drawings and create a comprehensive set of tender and construction documents, including specifications for materials, finishes, fixtures, and fittings.

Additionally, we will create a 3D computer model of your project to give you a better understanding of how the space will look and feel. By the end of this stage, we will have invited builders to submit bids for the construction of your project.

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Why consider us for your project?

Prior to any project, will research your project and check all relevant planning and design policies, as well as investigate any potential hidden constraints. We’ll then provide you with a comprehensive report outlining the best route forward and the likelihood of success.

Whether you need planning permission, prior approval or a lawful development certificate, our team of experts can help you navigate the process and provide all the necessary evidence and drawings to support your application. We’ll work closely with you to ensure that your project meets all the necessary criteria and has the best chance of success.

At Muse Architects, we pride ourselves on our expertise and our commitment to providing the highest quality service to our clients. If you’re considering a change of use project, contact us today to arrange a planning appraisal and take the first step towards bringing your vision to life.

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