The Government is going to make the permitted development rights for change of use from class B1(a) (offices) to class C3 (dwelling houses) permanent from next year. The right has already existed, in relation to most properties, from May 2013

The intention is that this permanent right will help the provision of more houses. The Government is aiming to deliver 1 million homes by 2020.

This should help developers gain some certainty with their redevelopment plans.