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The Essential Guide to the Use of Land and Buildings under the Planning Acts (revised 1st ed)

The Essential Guide to the Use of Land and Buildings under the Planning Acts (revised 1st ed)


The definitive handbook on the use of land & buildings from Martin Goodall. Updated 1st edition with supplement covering 2020 changes to the Use Classes Order due November 2020

The Essential Guide to the Use of Land and Buildings under the Planning Acts is the definitive handbook explaining the legal rules governing the use of land and buildings as well as material changes of use.

The text first sets out the rules that apply to the use of land generally and to material changes of use. It then explains the provisions of the Use Classes Order in detail. Chapters are also included on Permitted Changes of Use, Unlawful Uses and Lawful Use Certificates, including how to apply for a certificate as well as the procedure for appealing against the refusal of an LUC application.

The book, written by renowned planning law author and blogger Martin Goodall, brings all this together in a convenient and accessible work of reference that will prove invaluable for all for all planning and property professionals.

About the 2020 update & supplement

Significant changes to the Use Classes Order came into operation in September with the introduction of new classes E, F.1 and F.2 alongside changes to existing classes. A supplement has been prepared by the author to cover these changes and is available either bound in to the updated 1st edition or as a stand alone print + digital product. Select the one you need from the drop down list in the shopping cart.

Who would find the book useful?

The Essential Guide to the Use of Land and Buildings under the Planning Acts will be a valuable resource for all property and planning professionals, including

  • Architects
  • Town Planners in both the private and public sectors
  • Surveyors, Valuers, Estate Agents and Auctioneers
  • Barristers, Solicitors, Licensed Conveyancers and other legal advisers
  • Professional builders and developers
  • Students and teachers of town planning, surveying and law
About the Author

Martin Goodall is a Solicitor who has had over 40 years’ experience as a specialist planning lawyer. He is a member of the Law Society’s Planning Panel and a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Martin is a member of the Planning Law Team at Keystone Law, and is the author of a very popular Planning Law Blog.

He has also written A Practical Guide to Permitted Changes of Use (Second Edition) ISBN 978-0-9935836-2-9.

Prices & formats
  • Revised 1st edition due November 2020
  • 360 pages, paperback
  • Print: £50 + £4 p&p
  • Print + digital bundle: £75
  • Digital only: £50
  • Supplement only (print + digital): £15 
  • ISBN 978-0-9935836-5-0
Read the full contents
  • Author's Introduction
  • Table of Cases
  • Table of Statutes
  • October 2020 Update supplement


  1. General introduction
  2. The planning unit and the concept of ‘curtilage’
  3. Changes of use - an overview
  4. Change of use or operational development?
  5. Changes of use prescribed or excluded by statute
  6. Restrictions on uses or on changes of use
  7. Legal effect of various changes affecting a use
  8. The Use Classes Order - an overview
  9. Shops and retail services
  10. Catering uses
  11. Business and industrial uses
  12. Non-domestic residential accommodation
  13. Dwelling houses
  14. Houses in multiple occupation
  15. Non-residential institutions
  16. Assembly and leisure uses
  17. Agriculture, horticulture and forestry
  18. Permitted changes of use
  19. Unlawful uses
  20. Lawful use certificates
  21. LDC appeals

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