A seminar about office-to-residential conversions gave Midlands property professionals an insight into the opportunities, pitfalls and challenges of converting an existing building under the government’s permitted development rights.

Allowing developers to transform office buildings into residential dwellings without the need for planning permission, the government’s permitted development rights - which were made permanent in October - were introduced to convert underused and empty office spaces into much-needed housing.

Birmingham-based contractor Colmore Tang Construction has a wealth of experience in office-to-residential projects, delivering close to 1,000 homes under permitted development by the end of 2017. The seminar, which was hosted by the firm on Wednesday 2nd December at Opus at Cornwall Street, explained the legislation around planning, conditions that may prevent approval being granted for a building, as well as the construction challenges associated with the conversion process.

Andy Robinson, Managing Director at Colmore Tang Construction, said: “We are currently working on 15 projects across the West Midlands and North West that are being created under permitted development. Our experience of these has enabled us to work closely with developers to help them determine the feasibility of a building prior to purchase. The seminar provided us with a chance to share some of the risks and opportunities that come with existing buildings. We shared our experience of success and the key issues that we have come across during construction and how to overcome them to help developers make a sensible and profitable decision.”

Keith Fenwick, Planning Director at WYG Group, also spoke at the seminar and explained in detail the prior approval process that is required before a building can be converted under permitted development rights.

Colmore Tang Construction plans to host more development and construction seminars in 2016.

For more information, visit www.colmoretang.com

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