Government response to consultation on Planning Reform: Supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes

The extent of opposition to the introduction of further PD rights has been revealed in a MHCLG response to a consultation exercise on proposed changes held at the end of last year.

According to the document, more than half of respondents said they opposed plans to allow the conversion of hot food takeaways to housing. Concerns included the potential to "undermine the vitality" of areas "planned for entertainment and the night-time economy". More than half of respondents also opposed rights for upward residential extensions, raising concerns about the quality of homes to be delivered, access and safety, and the impact on the existing occupiers and neighbours of the premises being extended. In its response to the consultation, MHCLG said it welcomed the "range and detail of responses" on upwards extensions, but said it still intended to implement the new right. "We recognise the complexity of designing a permitted development right to build upwards and will continue to engage with interested parties on the technical details," it said. Less than a third of respondents supported plans to allow the demolition and replacement of commercial buildings under permitted development rights. "We intend to continue to consider the design of a permitted development right to allow commercial buildings to be demolished and replaced with homes, in the light of the views received to the consultation," said MHCLG.


Date: May 2019 date of publication

This item updates DCP section 4.34

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