What are E class properties?
Class E covers a broad range of uses including medical and health services, creche, day nursery and day centres (formerly class D1 use) alongside office and retail spaces. The government had introduced this to provide substantial flexibility moving forward with a view to allow businesses to adapt and diversify to meet changing demands.
The introduction of Class E is significant with the intention behind the changes to provide greater flexibility to assist help high streets and town centres adapt quickly to what consumers and businesses need. The new sector places a wide range of uses including:
- Financial Services
- Light Industrial
Any change of use of a building falling within the above will constitute development and therefore will not require a change of use or planning permission.