Industrial units are hugely versatile spaces and sometimes, it can feel like there’s no end to what you can get up in them.
Whether you’re in the business of manufacturing, processing, shipping, or storing, industrial units play a vital part in making things happen for countless businesses.
But it’s not just as simple as jumping into any industrial space and getting on with it - there’s the small matter of ensuring that the unit carries a suitable use class for your business.
Regardless of how you plan to use your industrial unit, there’s sure to be a suitable option within FI Real Estate Management’s 6m sq ft portfolio of industrial space.
Planning use classes are the legal framework that determines what a property may be used for by its occupants, and they were given a shake up in September 2020 to better reflect the diversity of uses on high streets and in town centres to give businesses the flexibility to adapt and meet changing demands.
Despite that retail focus, the reform spelt changes for commercial and business uses too. So what does the structure for industrial units look like now?
Still known as Class B1 in Wales, Class E refers to a property suitable for any light industrial process that can be carried out in any residential area without detriment to the amenity of that area by noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke, soot, ash, dust or grit.
Class E also includes:
B2 is a broad one. Properties grouped into this class carry out industrial processes other than those that fall within E/B1 above or within classes B3 to B7 below.
These five use classes focus on the uses, processes and manufacture of chemicals, metalwork, acids, oils, animal by-products and mining and quarrying.
B3: Class B3 building use is for any work registrable under the Alkali &c Works Regulation Act 1906, which is not included in any of classes B4 to B7 below.
B4: Class B4 building use refers to any of the following processes:
B5: Class B5 building use covers any of the following:
Both B4 & B5 classes do not cover the processes if they are ancillary to acquiring, dressing or treatment of minerals and are carried on in or adjacent to a quarry or mine.
B6: Class B6 building use refers to any of the following processes:
B7: Class B7 building use focuses on animal by-products and covers any of the following:
This class would cover a building used as a distribution centre or for storage, including space used as open-air storage.
A Latin phrase that translates to ‘of its own kind’, ‘Sui Generis’ covers primarily leisure and entertainment uses that don’t fall into any of the other existing use classes.
With a vast portfolio of properties throughout the UK spanning 6m sq ft, FI Real Estate Management has the breadth of industrial options to let, complemented by a team able to identify the most suitable fit for every occupant.Find industrial space to suit your business with FI Real Estate Management