Unlocking Class MA Planning Approval in Northamptonshire

By Michael Langley


Welcome to MLA Architecture & Development’s blog post on Class MA planning approval in Northamptonshire. We’re here to help you navigate this transformative process effectively.

Class MA – A Gateway to Change

Class MA, the conversion from Use Class E to Residential, revitalizes spaces previously used for offices, shops, and more. This planning class offers exciting property transformation opportunities.

Eligible Building Uses

Class MA covers:

  • Shops
  • Offices
  • Restaurants
  • And more within Use Class E

Limitations and Conditions

  • Max Floor Space: 1,500 sq m
  • Residential Use Only
  • Vacancy Requirement: 3 months
  • Date Stamped: 2-year history in required use
  • External Changes: May require separate planning
  • Article 4 Restrictions: Check local restrictions
  • Impact Assessment for Conservation Areas

Prior Approval Process

Local authorities assess applications based on various factors, including transport, contamination, noise, and more. An impact assessment may apply to specific cases.

Time Limit and Fees

  • 56-day approval time
  • 3 years to complete works
  • £100 fee per dwelling

Fire Safety Requirements

Tall buildings or those with 7+ stories need a fire safety report.

Application Form and Checklist

Download the Class MA application form from the Planning Portal and submit it to your local authority.

Legislation and Interpretation

Refer to MA.1, MA.2, and MA.3 for detailed understanding.

MLA Architecture & Development is your partner for Class MA planning approval in Northamptonshire. Explore opportunities and turn your architectural visions into reality with us.

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