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Home is now the office; will your office become your home?

by on December 14, 2020

As 2020 draws to an end, it will come as no surprise to anyone that the trends we are seeing throughout the market this month are once again not what we would expect at this time of year. With a variety of lockdowns, tiered systems and ‘firebreaks’ across England and Wales over the last six weeks in an effort to help curb the accelerating spread of COVID-19, you would not have been too amiss to predict similar patterns as those seen in March and April earlier this year. In fact, in keeping with 2020’s bizarre trends, November was another bumper month for the submission of planning applications with 81 more submissions than October and only 18 fewer than July 2020, our highest ever month on record!

In the latest edition of the Planning Portal’s Market Insight Report the focus is on the Permitted Development application that was made permanent in 2015 allowing office-to-residential conversions. This move has been controversial with many raising concerns about proposed room sizes of the developments; is there enough room to create comfortable living space? We have taken this opportunity to analyse the applications submitted, in what number they are received, and the number of new units being proposed.

Also available in this latest issue:

  • Application trends over time
  • Regional reviews of activity including an in-depth review of activity in the North West
  • Application fees and the impact of COVID-19.

You can download the report here.

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