To enable the potential relocation, we are looking to submit a planning application to Newham Council to formally change the building use. When The Crystal was originally built, the use of the building was limited by planning regulations to holding exhibitions and conferences. The current planning application will allow us to change the permitted use to accommodate regional government and civic functions.
The planning application we are consulting on will involve the change of ‘Use Class’. In planning terms, the Use Class determines the lawful use of a building or land. The move will require us to apply for the change from the limited D1 use (conference and exhibition centre) to ‘Sui Generis’ use (‘of its own kind’) which would include government use and civic functions.