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News report: Permitted development rights – all loss and no gain?

Words: Laura Edgar

Are permitted development rights reducing housing quality, community contributions and affordable housing numbers? The evidence suggests they are, finds Laura Edgar  

The government extended permitted development (PD) rights in 2015 to create more housing. This followed previous extensions made in 2005, 2010 and 2013.

The legislation allows for offices to be converted to housing units without the need for an application to go through the full planning process.