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Wholly floored?

John Martin looks at the government’s proposals for closing a perceived loophole in building mezzanine floors

15 April 2005

In the retail sector in particular, the advantages of the insertion of a mezzanine floor into an appropriate building have been long apparent. (The term ‘mezzanine floor’ is taken to mean an additional floor that does not extend fully to the building’s perimeter. Typically, the size of a mezzanine floor in a retail unit will equal between 30 and 50 per cent of the existing ground floor area.) The necessary clear internal roof height is often as little as six metres, the building works can be straightforward and even if the additional floor space is only used for ancillary storage, space elsewhere in the building still becomes available for retail use. Planning permission More crucially, in most cases the building works will fall outside planning control, as the law presently stands, and so planning permission will not be required. This is because s 55(2)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (the 1990 Act) expressly provides that "the carrying out for...

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