Im a newbie to all this but me and my husband are hoping to buy a property that has a D1 use class to live in.
The property was originally a residential dwelling before having a change of use permitted 17 yrs ago. We do not want to make any changes to the property structurally or externally, even keeping the same room layout, so no building work to be done (this place was used a meeting hall).
My understanding is that it will probably just be a formality to have the the change of use granted but we would not be able to do this until we own the property and we would have to live in it straight away. Would we be breaking any laws or codes to move in and then have the change of use granted? I have emailed and telephoned my local planning office repeatedly and am just told that they are out of the office so am turning to you guys for any advice in the meantime.