COVID-19 UK: Use Classes Order - notes on the class system

On Tuesday the government laid before Parliament regulations making sweeping changes to the Use Classes Order.

The changes, which come into effect on 1 September 2020, represent a complete overhaul of the current Use Classes Order with the twin aims of:

  • better reflecting the increasingly diverse range of uses found on high streets and in town centres; and
  • allowing businesses the flexibility to adapt and diversify to meet changing demands.

Reforms to the Use Classes Order have been in the pipeline since a late 2018 consultation on supporting the high street. But these long-held aspirations have been fast-tracked in response to the economic shockwaves being felt in town centres across the country as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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