Change of use is when a property or area of land is used for a different purpose than it was originally intended. This may involve a physical alteration to the property or the area or simply a change in the way the property or area is used. Change of use can be a complex process, requiring permission from the local planning authority and often a change in the planning permission granted for the property or area.
The reasons for the change of use can be varied, such as to create more housing or to change a single-family home into an office building. In some cases, planning permission for a change of use may be granted with conditions, such as the installation of additional parking spaces or other infrastructure. Change of use can also be used to create land for new public facilities, such as parks and playgrounds.
When considering a change of use, it is important to understand the local zoning regulations and the local planning authority’s requirements. Before any change of use is allowed, the local planning authority must be satisfied that the proposed change is in line with the local planning policies. In addition, an Environmental Impact Assessment may be required to ensure that the proposed change of use will not have an adverse effect on the environment or people living nearby.