How recent planning law changes will create new opportunities for life sciences businesses


The life sciences industry is cautiously welcoming news of an overhaul in planning law in England and Wales that promises to ease the path to increasingly flexible and more nimble operations.

The Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020, introduced on 20 July 2020 and taking effect on 1 September, are potentially revolutionary. A new Class E (Commercial, business and service) sweeps up numerous categories across the old classes, meaning considerably more scope for change of use without planning permission.

In this article for Manufacturing Chemist, Taylor Wessing's Lauren Fendick and Clare Harman Clark explain how this will impact life sciences businesses and give recommendations on how they should approach the transitional arrangements to plan for today and tomorrow.

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