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  • Planning System Reform Could Mean PPCs For Converted Commercial Buildings

  • Posted by on 27th Aug 2020
  • Recently, Boris Johnson released a draft for reform of the planning system. Though this will not affect many people right away, it is something to consider when it comes to Professional Consultants Certificates and building homes. The draft for reform details a number of potential changes within the planning system, including a focus on building new homes and streamlining the process to make building homes easier.


    One of the main suggestions is to focus on converting commercial buildings into homes, rather than building homes from scratch, through permitted development rights. When a commercial building is converted into a home it will need a Professional Consultants Certificate to prove it has been converted in line with the correct building standards. With more buildings being converted, more PPCs will be needed.


    Why Would More PPCs Be Needed?

    A Professional Consultants Certificate is used to confirm that a property has been built or converted in line with the regulated building contract. It is used to show mortgage providers that the building has been built or converted under a building standards indemnity scheme, meaning that it is safe and certain standards have been met. This shows the mortgage provider that lending on the property is safe and of little risk, that lending on the property isn’t a gamble.

    A PPC is not just used for new buildings, but also those that have been converted from one building to another. For example, an office space that has been converted into apartments. Therefore, commercial buildings converted into homes will need a PPC. With the draft for reform of the planning system focusing on converting commercial buildings, more PPCs will be needed. Otherwise, mortgage providers are unlikely to offer mortgages to buyers.


    Luckily, we are on hand to help. When it comes to getting a PPC, you can rely on us to provide an unmatched service. Though PPCs can seem daunting and confusing at first, we are here to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. To find out more about Professional Consultants Certificates, speak to our helpful team of experts. We can offer help and advice on how it can protect you, whether you are a buyer looking for a mortgage or a property owner wanting a mortgage to buy to let. To find out more, get in touch today.

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