Broadly, we believe that true live/work is mixed use of a property for both business and residential purposes
Essential ingredients are:
Desirable ingredients are:
Small scale or individual live/work properties can be true live/work. But they cannot easily create clusters of businesses. Units that are part of an overwhelmingly residential development may offer little more than a new build equivalent of a home-working use. In this situation they could therefore be developed as residential....
Homeworking called 'live/work'
Some developers provide residential homes with space for home working - perhaps an extra room with telecom points. Although related to live/work, these properties are better seen as well specified homes. They are harder to describe as true live/work as they can usually offer little more than any property with a spare room
Where developers gain planning permission for a 'live/work' scheme when the true intention is a residential development, this gives live/work a bad name. There are good profits to be made buying land designated for employment use then selling homes built oÂn it at residential prices. However, if properties are designed for true live/work and planners/developers have ensured there are some controls, true live/work can be achieved