Thursday, 20 October 2016

SECOND EDITION – the book and the seminar

Final proof-reading of the Second Edition of my book - A Practical Guide to Permitted Changes of Use has delayed my posting on this blog recently, but I am pleased to tell you that the book has now gone off to the printers and should be available shortly. The text of this new edition runs to 316 pages (not counting Tables and Index, etc.) compared with the 242 pages of the First Edition; so you can see how much more substantial this text has become. No-one who has any involvement in permitted changes of use under the GPDO should be without the latest edition of this essential handbook.

The imminent publication of the new edition of the book means that you now have only a limited time in which to take advantage of the remarkable pre-publication bargain that Bath Publishing are offering - both the print version and the digital version of the book for only £50. After publication, they will be £50 each. (Just click on the pre-order button on the left-hand side of the page to get your copy.)

In the meantime, places at our seminar linked to the publication of this new edition of the book are filling up fast. Benefitting from our experience last year, we have booked the main lecture theatre again at the RIBA at 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD. This is central and is easy to reach by public transport, and will ensure that we don’t have to disappoint anyone who would like to attend. Nevertheless, we came close to selling out last year. So don’t delay if you think you might want to come; get your booking in now. You can book your place very easily by clicking through on the link on the left-hand side of this page. We have extended the early-bird booking offer by just one week to 31 October.

This year, in response to popular demand, we are focusing particularly on the residential conversion of offices under Class O, having concentrated on barn conversions in last year’s seminar. I shall be explaining the legislative changes to Class O, and Arita Morris, Director of Child Graddon Lewis, Architects, will look at the practical aspects of Office to Residential conversions.

We shall also be covering the other changes made to Part 3 in the GPDO this year, including the residential conversion of light industrial buildings under Class PA, as well as the addition of launderettes to the types of building that can be converted to housing under Class M.

My colleague Ben Garbett and I will also be explaining various appeal decisions and judgments relating to permitted changes of use that have emerged over the past year. So it will be a good morning’s CPD, at a very competitive price. We look forward to seeing you there.


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