Changes to planning use classes
Katy Williams

Changes to planning use classes

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) puts uses of land and buildings into various categories known as 'Use Classes' 

Changes to the planning use classes have been introduced this month under the Use Classes Order Amendments -The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 

The main changes are:

i) Class A has been revoked and class A1 (shops) is now class E(a), class A2 (financial and professional services) is now class E(c) and class A3 (restaurants and cafes) is now class E(b). Class A4 (drinking establishments) and A5 (hot food takeaways) are now defined as “Sui Generis”.

ii) Class B1 (business/light industrial) has been revoked and is class now E(g) but class B2 (general industrial) and B8 (storage) remain unaffected.

iii) Class C (hotels and residential institutions) remains the same.

iv) Class D (health care, leisure and non-residential institutions has been revoked and class D1 (non-residential- institutions) is now class E(e-f) and F1 and Class D2 (assembly and leisure) is now class E(d), F (c-d) and "Sui Generis".

Please refer to should you require more information on these changes.