Boris Fights Change Of Use Plans

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Controversial plans to allow commercial properties in London to be converted for residential use without planning permission will be strongly opposed by London Mayor, Boris Johnson.

Boris wants to exclude large parts of central London from the plans, the area known as the capital’s central activities zone and one which is the core of London’s commercial operations.

If ‘exceptional circumstances’ can be argued and the zone excluded, the City of London, most of Westminster and parts of Camden, Islington, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lambeth and Kensington and Chelsea will become exempt from future plans.

Deputy Mayor for planning, Edward Lister raised concerns that “the new rules could drive offices out of Mayfair if we are not careful.”

Source: Building Design