Overview of Office-to-Residential Conversion in England and Our Case Studies

  • Ben CliffordEmail author
  • Jessica Ferm
  • Nicola Livingstone
  • Patricia Canelas


This chapter bridges the divide between the background chapters and the chapters which draw on our new research. The data the government have published on the number of approvals submitted for office-to-residential change of use and the net number of new dwellings created across the whole of England are introduced, with explanation and analysis of these. We then outline our overall data for the number of schemes applied for in each of our five local authorities in England and the one in Scotland. These show the number of office-to-residential proposals in each authority, an analysis of the actual number of schemes and units being proposed (since there are often multiple applications relating to the same buildings), and our observation data on implementation rates, building typology and location.


Housing data Planning statistics England London Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben Clifford
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jessica Ferm
    • 2
  • Nicola Livingstone
    • 3
  • Patricia Canelas
    • 4
  1. 1.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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