Published: 24th Mar 2021

A cross-party group of MPs has launched a new inquiry to examine the government’s approach to permitted development rights. Permitted developments rights (PDR) allow for certain changes to be made to a building without the need to apply for planning permission, like converting an office block into flats. In recent years, the use of PDRs has been expanded, but they have proved to be controversial for many people. In February 2020, MP Robert Halfon described converted office blocks in his Harlow constituency as ‘ghetto building, human warehousing and social cleansing’. The inquiry by the housing, communities and local government select committee will examine the impact that an expansion of the PDR system has had, and will continue to have, on the planning system and the governments targets for new homes and economic growth. It will also examine the impact at a local level, including the ability of local authorities to plan … (To read the full article, subscribe below)