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Change of Use

- just as it sounds, a form of planning consent in which the principle of changing the use of buildings or land is tested. Only minimal information is required, details follow at a later stage. Consent for change of use is still an option in respect of listed buildings. This can lead to problems where the implications of granting such a consent is not properly thought through. For example it may seem reasonable to grant change of use from a large house to a hotel, but at the detailed stage, the requirements to protect guests in the event of fire, to provide proper ventilation to kitchens etc may be extremely onerous in terms of the building's character.