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September 18, 2013

Permitted development rights

Most people in the industry will now be aware that earlier this year the government introduced new Permitted Development Rights allowing for change of use from offices to residential (B1 to C3) in some circumstances. This right will last for a period of 3 years, between 30 May 2013 and 30 May 2016, and is […]

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September 17, 2013

Should we have more pedestrianisation in Bath?

I was just walking down Green St and cannot really understand why it has not been pedestrianised. Surely it would be a great place to restrict vehicle access for the exclusive use of pedestrians  during the day and create some outdoor eating areas. Such areas are rather few and far between in Bath and this […]

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August 30, 2013

Lets have more institutional investors looking at the regions

Large parts of the UK are being neglected by investors in commercial real estate. With the economy showing encouraging signs it is surely about time the large institutional investors looked to the regions as well as chasing the same properties and opportunities in London as everyone else. The South West economy, in particular, is looking […]

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July 22, 2013

The Future of Offices in Bath

The architectural heritage which we all enjoy as part of Bath’s rich cultural tapestry is rightly protected under the Listed status of many of the buildings, the Conservation Area covering much of the city as well as the unique World Heritage Status bestowed upon Bath City Centre as a whole. It is no surprise therefore […]

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May 29, 2013

Do you still need planning permission?

The rather controversial changes to the planning system come into effect from today to allow, amongst other things, offices to be converted into residential without planning permission. The main changes are – Premises in B1(a) office use will be able to change to C3 residential use, subject to prior approval covering flooding, highways and transport issues and contamination. – Premises […]

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