Use Classes order

How does the new use classes order work?

We at Muse Architects understand that changes to the Use Classes Order in September 2020 may have left you feeling confused about what you can and can't do with your properties. We would like to help you understand these changes and how they affect you.

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What is the new use classes order?

Previously, the use classes order dictated what buildings could be used for and required planning permission to change the use. However, the new Use Classes Order 2020 has streamlined the process and removed unnecessary red tape. The order has replaced former use classes A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, D1, and D2 with a new Use Class E, which includes a vast range of different business types.

Under the new Use Class E, you can now change the use of your building without planning permission, as long as there are no planning conditions directly mentioning the use class. This means that anything from a bank to a bowling alley can be covered by Class E. However, external structural changes still require permission.

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How the new changes impact my business?

all businesses have been included in the E pot. Small rural shops that sell food and are at least 1km from the next similar shop have gone from A1 to the new F2 community use. Pubs and bars, takeaways, cinemas, and live music venues have also received sui-generis classification.

The changes to the Use Classes Order are a combination of practical and political thinking. The practical aspect is to allow property owners to switch premises from an obsolete function to one that draws customers in the 21st century. Meanwhile, the political aspect is to cut down on bureaucracy and let the free market decide what we use our buildings for.

We hope that this explanation has helped you understand the new Use Classes Order and how it affects your properties. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Muse Architects.

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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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How we can Muse Architects help?

It’s important to understand that changing the use of a building may require planning permission from your local authority. This is because different types of properties have different regulations and requirements in terms of safety, access, and facilities. Therefore, it’s crucial to work with experienced architects like Muse Architects who can guide you through the planning process and ensure that your project meets all necessary requirements.

It’s also important to consider the financial implications of changing the use of a building. It is also important to consider the impact that changing the use of your building may have on the local community. Depending on the nature of your project, it may be necessary to consult with local residents or community groups to ensure that your plans are acceptable and meet their needs. Muse Architects can assist you in engaging with the community and ensuring that your project is socially responsible and sustainable.

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