Blog: Class ZA

Rural Surveyor John Greenshields delves into Class ZA: Permitted Development Rights for the demolition of a building and erection of a dwelling
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In this frantic world that we live in, it is very easy to miss opportunities that could assist your business, especially when it is buried away within a stack of planning legislation.

Class ZA may be an option that members may seek to utilise. This right allows for the demolition of both commercial (office and industry uses) and residential buildings which can then be replaced with new houses, provided one meets the strict criteria contained in the legislation.

As the legislation doesn’t allow old agricultural, forestry or equestrian buildings to be replaced with residential property, its use may be limited compared to Class Q. However members may still have old warehouses or commercial yards which may present an opportunity.

The legislation relating to the criteria which must be satisfied can be found in Article 4 of The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2020. If you have any potential sites then please go through the legislation by clicking here and assess if you tick all the boxes.

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John Greenshields Rural Surveyor, CLA Midlands