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If you know about property ' or even if you don't, the most commonly used phrase is always 'location, location, location.' You want to buy a property in a nice area, on a nice street, near recommended schools and a good pub where you know the landlord ' so why would you take an office in the wrong location' We try to put our offices in prime spots ' usually amongst our contemporaries, and in most London cases outside stations. We like for our staff to have easy access for viewings and key drops. We like to market the brand consciously and subconsciously in order to obtain and retain awareness from both our longstanding and potential clients. Acquiring an office, alike buying a house, can take time. There is no point in putting an office in an area where no one is going to see it ' so we will wait. However this has just become a lot easier. The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) puts uses of land and buildings into various categories known as use classes. This Order is periodically amended, the most recent amendment comprising The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2015. The following use classes are defined; A1 Shops ' Typically includes shops, retail warehouses, hairdressers, undertakers, travel and ticket agencies, post offices, pet shops, sandwich bars, showrooms, domestic hire shops, dry cleaners, funeral directors and internet cafes. A2 Financial and professional services ' Includes uses such as banks and building societies, professional services (other than health and medical services) and including estate and employment agencies. It does not include betting offices or pay day loan shops - these are now classed as 'sui generis' uses. It is generally the case that you will need planning permission to change from one use class to another, although there are exceptions where the legislation does allow some changes between uses. Recent changes (which came into into force on 15th April 2015) to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 has provided greater flexibility to allow change of use to occur as permitted development, i.e. without the need for a formal planning application. Schedule 2, Part 3, Class D ' 'shops to financial and professional', confirms that the following change in use is now permitted development. D. Development consisting of a change of use of a building within its curtilage from a use falling within Class A1 (shops) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order, to a use falling within Class A2 (financial and professional services) of that Schedule. There are no time restrictions in relation to the implementation of these rights specified.* Good A2 units have, in the past, been quite hard to come by ' but this recent change will make it a lot easier for agencies to find prime units in the UK. We are always looking to see if we are still in the best location, as high streets are constantly changing. This year we've upgraded 2 of our offices to better and bigger shops in enhanced locations. We're always looking. If you're interested in joining Winkworth and owning your own office, please contact James Trimble or Gina Piper on 020 7355 0200 / jtrimble@winkworth.com / gpiper@winkworth.com *Christopher Bean,BA (Hons) MRTPI MAUD from Arc Planning DISCLAIMER: this is a guide document. You are advised to seek your own legal advice on a case by case basis.

If you know about property ' or even if you don't, the most commonly used phrase is always 'location, location, location.'

You want to buy a property in a nice area, on a nice street, near recommended schools and a good pub where you know the landlord ' so why would you take an office in the wrong location'

We try to put our offices in prime spots ' usually amongst our contemporaries, and in most London cases outside stations. We like for our staff to have easy access for viewings and key drops. We like to market the brand consciously and subconsciously in order to obtain and retain awareness from both our longstanding and potential clients.

Acquiring an office, alike buying a house, can take time. There is no point in putting an office in an area where no one is going to see it ' so we will wait. However this has just become a lot easier.

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) puts uses of land and buildings into various categories known as use classes. This Order is periodically amended, the most recent amendment comprising The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Order 2015. The following use classes are defined;

A1 Shops ' Typically includes shops, retail warehouses, hairdressers, undertakers, travel and ticket agencies, post offices, pet shops, sandwich bars, showrooms, domestic hire shops, dry cleaners, funeral directors and internet cafes.

A2 Financial and professional services ' Includes uses such as banks and building societies, professional services (other than health and medical services) and including estate and employment agencies. It does not include betting offices or pay day loan shops - these are now classed as 'sui generis' uses.

It is generally the case that you will need planning permission to change from one use class to another, although there are exceptions where the legislation does allow some changes between uses.

Recent changes (which came into into force on 15th April 2015) to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 has provided greater flexibility to allow change of use to occur as permitted development, i.e. without the need for a formal planning application.

Schedule 2, Part 3, Class D ' 'shops to financial and professional', confirms that the following change in use is now permitted development.

D. Development consisting of a change of use of a building within its curtilage from a use falling within Class A1 (shops) of the Schedule to the Use Classes Order, to a use falling within Class A2 (financial and professional services) of that Schedule.

There are no time restrictions in relation to the implementation of these rights specified.*


Good A2 units have, in the past, been quite hard to come by ' but this recent change will make it a lot easier for agencies to find prime units in the UK. We are always looking to see if we are still in the best location, as high streets are constantly changing. This year we've upgraded 2 of our offices to better and bigger shops in enhanced locations. We're always looking.



If you're interested in joining Winkworth and owning your own office, please contact James Trimble or Gina Piper on 020 7355 0200 / jtrimble@winkworth.com / gpiper@winkworth.com


*Christopher Bean,BA (Hons) MRTPI MAUD from Arc Planning

DISCLAIMER: this is a guide document. You are advised to seek your own legal advice on a case by case basis.

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