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28/01/2021

Local essential services at risk from permitted development in England

Words: Laura Edgar
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Government proposals that would allow a range of commercial buildings to be turned into residential units without going through the full planning process risks the loss of essential local services and an increase in poor-quality homes, warns the RTPI.

The proposals would see a new permitted development right (PDR) allow change of use from commercial, business and service uses (Class E) to residential use (C3) in England.Class E, which was introduced in September 2020, includes primary offices, restaurants, shops, professional services and light industrial premises.Responding to the consultation, which closes today (28 January), the RTPI........
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