Project type: Change of Use D1 to A3
Client: Jingo Gae
The client requested help from Commercial Architecture with a change of use planning application to extend an existing restaurant to the shop next door. That had previously been an acupuncture clinic. We designed and submitted drawings for planning permission for the application. The application was then approved by Kingston Council. The restaurant has now doubled in size, which clearly has added significant value to the business.
Applications for planning permission are usually required for changes of use from premises. A common example of a mixed use is a delicatessen or coffee bar which offers food for eating on the premises (A1/A3). Before you negotiate a lease or buy a property, you should always check whether you will need planning permission for your intended use. It is also recommendable to ask a professional planning consultant to assess your chances of successfully gaining permission and to help prepare your application, even if the vendor, agent or landlord says the change would be permitted. At Commercial Architecture, we have planning consultants under the same roof as architectural designers, so we can easily help you.