Welcome to

Our Knowledge Centre combines a unique set of useful tools to assist ALL office movers. Use our moving guides, office space calculator, dynamic rental map and other tools to get an idea of what type of office your company needs. We’ll make sure you get there.
Register for FREE now and get full access.


Planning changes closer to fruition

21st April 2013

Planning changes closer to fruition

As spring still appears (at the time of writing!) reluctant to arrive, there seems to be no similar delay in the government’s proposed legislation on planning changes. The potential for radical change in London’s commercial property market remains a topic for discussion across the capital.

If, as the legislation intends, offices (B1(a) planning use category) are able to be changed to residential use (C3 planning use category) without the need for planning permission, then the changes in and impact on the capital could be significant. 

London is in a different position from much of the rest of the UK. Rural areas or small towns may benefit from the change, allowing a transformation of underused space along the lines of the Portas Review.

However, in London, an already delicately balanced commercial property market and economy may be disturbed by the removal of many buildings from the market. Many landlords would leap at the chance to make the change, given the increased returns available for residential property.

Ahmed Al-Ansari, of Morgan Pryce, comments, “If we see a reduction in the number of offices – which are already in short supply – then the price of rents can only go up. We are already seeing smaller businesses move out of the centre, and this number might increase as a result of this legislation. The centre of London could become a very different place.”

While most London boroughs have applied for an exemption from the legislation, it appears that ‘exceptional circumstances’ are in order for the exemption to be granted. It waits to be seen whether the councils will be successful in arguing these exceptional circumstances.

Morgan Pryce is a specialist tenant acquisition agent with offices in Oxford Circus and the City. Morgan Pryce specialises in search, negotiation and project management and works exclusively for tenants.

Login and get FULL AND FREE ACCESS to our unique Knowledge Centre.

Morgan Pryce treats personal information safely and securely. Read more about how we store and protect information in our ​Privacy Policy​.

Forgot your password?

Please enter the email address used to create your account and follow the instructions to recover your password.

Didn’t receive an email? Check your spam inbox!

Create Your Account

Instructions have been sent to

Well Done!

Please check your inbox for a confirmation email.
You can manage your account details, email alerts and shortlists directly from your account.

or continue browsing


Thank you for confirming your email address! You are now subscribed to our Newsletters.

By continuing your browsing on our site, you agree to the use of cookies to perform visit statistics. Read more about our ​Cookie Consent Policy.