Are You Looking to Convert Your Property into a Short-Term Let?

At Homz, we have an excellent understanding of planning policy and extensive experience across a broad range of Change of Use Planning Applications and Licences all throughout the UK.

Whether you’re transforming a charming cottage, a modern apartment, or a historic home, understanding the requirements for planning permission is essential. Our expert team is here to guide you through every step, providing a one-stop solution for all your planning application needs. Let us help you turn your property into a desirable holiday destination while adhering to all local regulations and guidelines.

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Planning Use Class conversion applications are subject to specific planning regulations and guidelines in the UK. The government has established different use classes that define the permitted uses of properties. It is essential to comprehend these use classes and how they impact change of use applications as the process of changing the use application requires a solid understanding of the UK’s planning regulations and guidelines.

New Short-Term Licence legislation has announced a new set of rules and requirements, which must be considered before embarking on a change of use project for your property. Homz is your one-stop solution partner for all AirBnB Licences, Short-Term Lets Licences and Holiday Let planning consents in the UK.

Depending on what you are planning to do, in addition to looking great, your project may also require some kind of planning permission. The good news is that at Homz we have expert planning consultants and architects making sure that your project meets all of the necessary planning criteria to ensure planning consent.

Our Town Planners are here to provide you with Pre-Planning Advice on whether you need planning permission or not. Feel free to Contact Us with your enquiries and our expert team will get in touch with a FREE No Obligation Chat regarding your project.

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1. Get Your Planning Appraisal

Every client would like to know if their application would be successful before spending their budget on planning application. Our chartered planners will review your project, examine the relevant planning policies, and analyse the relevant planning history to provide you with a Pre-Planning Advice. You can easily book your call with one of our chartered planners on the same day! Following your call, your planner will conduct the Planning Appraisal Report which will include all the answers in only 2 working days.

2. Application Preparation and Submission

Making a planning application might be risky, and it becomes riskier the less you’re prepared for it. Preparing a comprehensive application that includes relevant forms, supporting documents, and plans, ensuring compliance with local authority guidelines. Our Change of Use architects and town planners will provide you with drawings and supporting statements with correct technical information, which are prerequisites to getting permission.

3. Our Planning Experts Will Manage Your Application

While each Use Class planning application presents unique challenges, with careful planning, research, and professional guidance, property owners can get the most profit from their projects. Our Chartered Town Planning Consultants at Homz have full knowledge of the ever-changing planning policies that any project will be subject to. So, their help could be indispensable — especially if your project is in a designated area which carries restrictions such as a Conservation Area or AONB.

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Things To Know About Short-Term Let Licence Application Process in the UK – NEW 2024 Edit!

Our Change of Use Planners are here to provide you Pre-Planning Advice on whether you need a planning permission or not. Feel free to Contact Us with your enquiries and our expert team will get in touch with a FREE No Obligation Chat regarding your project.

With the rise in popularity of staycations and the booming short-term rental market, converting a property into a holiday let has become an attractive investment for many property owners in the UK. However, before opening your doors to guests, it’s essential to understand the planning permissions required to ensure your venture complies with local regulations. This blog post will guide you through the change of use planning applications for holiday lets, highlighting what you need to know as of 2024.

Understanding Change of Use and Planning Use Classes

In the UK, planning permission is often required when there is a significant change in the use of a property. The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 categorizes properties into different ‘use classes’. For instance, residential properties typically fall under Class C3 (Dwelling Houses). When converting a property to a holiday let, which can be considered a commercial use depending on local interpretation and the scale of operation, a Change of Use application may be necessary.

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) puts uses of land and buildings into various categories known as ‘Use Classes’. It is generally the case that you will need Planning Permission to change from one use class to another, although there are many exceptions which are referred to as ‘Permitted Changes’, allowing some changes between uses.

Does Your B&B Need Planning Permission?

Not all holiday let conversions require planning permission. The necessity largely depends on the frequency and duration of lettings, local authority policies, and the property’s specific circumstances. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Frequency and Duration: If you are letting your property for short-term stays frequently throughout the year, it is more likely to be considered a change of use.
  • Local Authority Policies: Different councils have varying interpretations and policies regarding holiday lets. Always check with your local planning authority (LPA) for specific requirements.
  • Property Type and Location: Properties in certain areas, such as conservation areas or listed buildings, may have additional restrictions and requirements.

Tips for a Successful Licence Application

  • Community Engagement: Engage with your neighbours and address any concerns they may have. A supportive community can positively influence the decision-making process.
  • Professional Advice: Consider hiring a planning consultant to help navigate the complexities of the application process and present a strong case to the LPA.
  • Compliance and Adaptation: Ensure your property meets all safety, health, and accessibility standards. Adapt your plans based on feedback from the LPA and community to increase the chances of approval.

Steps to Applying for Change of Use

  1. Pre-Application Advice: Contact us for pre-application advice to learn if you are eligible for a licence application. This step can provide valuable insights into the likelihood of approval and any specific requirements or concerns the council may have.
  2. Prepare Your Application: Gather all necessary documents, including plans, photographs, and supporting statements. Clearly outline the intended use, how it differs from the current use, and any potential impact on the local area.
  3. Submit Your Application: Complete the planning application forms and submit them to your LPA, along with the required fee. Ensure all documentation is thorough and addresses any pre-application feedback.
  4. Consultation Period: After submission, there will typically be a consultation period during which neighbours and other stakeholders can provide feedback on your application.
  5. Decision: The LPA will review your application and issue a decision, usually within 8-13 weeks. If approved, you can proceed with your plans. If denied, you may appeal the decision or revise and resubmit your application.

Converting a property into a holiday let can be a lucrative venture, but it requires careful planning and adherence to local regulations. By understanding the change of use planning application process and engaging with your local planning authority, you can successfully navigate the requirements and turn your property into a thriving holiday destination. Stay informed, seek Professional Advice when needed, and approach the process with diligence and patience. Happy letting!

Case Study 06: Change Of Use From Dwelling House (Class C3) To Holiday Let (Class C1)

The client instructed Homz to provide feasibility on their property for a Change Of Use From Dwelling House (Class C3) To Holiday Let (Class C1) in Elmbridge Borough Council. Our Senior Town Planner has conducted research within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to understand whether the local planning authority is applying any constraints on your property.

While planning approval will be required, there should be a reasonable opportunity for success here as National and Local Planning Policy seeks to ensure that the council benefits from a diverse housing mix which includes the provision of tourist accommodation. Further to a review of the areas surrounding planning history, there is seemingly no other residential properties in use as holiday lets which will ensure that this area is not over-supplied which opens up the proposed scope of works.

No Planning Constraints / Landscape designations associated with the site as per the council’s local development plan however the site is near a green belt + special protection areas, along with sites of conservation importance and biodiversity opportunity.

In relation to tourism accommodation, Core Policy CS24 Hotels and Tourism states:
‘In order to support sustainable growth of tourism in the area and to ensure that it remains a strong element of the Borough’s economy, the Council will:
1. Support existing hotels and the improvement of the quality of existing visitor attractions where this can secure their continued viability without compromising the amenities of local residents or the objectives of PPG2.
2. Promote all new hotel development on previously developed land within or adjacent to town and district centres or visitor attractions.
3. Require new hotels or visitor attractions to be accessible by public transport

After the planning appraisal, our Architects and Town Planners prepared the supporting documents Architectural Plans, and Planning Statements. Please see the plans of this project in our Portfolio. Our team has successfully submitted and managed the planning application with the council. Following the waiting period of the decision, Homz has scored another successful Approval for this planning application on behalf of our client.

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