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Study revealing poor quality of office-to-residential conversions wins RTPI’s top research award

Words: Simon Wicks
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A study that exposes the low quality of residential dwellings converted from offices without the need for planning permission has won the leading award at the RTPI’s 2018 Research Excellence Awards.

The paper, submitted by a team at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, found that following the deregulation of the planning system in England in 2013 just 30 per cent of converted ‘studio flats’ meet national space standards, and many office conversions in the middle of industrial estates have undergone barely any changes to make them fit for habitation.

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