Government proposals that use blanket planning permissions, or permitted development rights, to bypass local scrutiny to deliver housing in England put quality and affordability at risk, it is claimed.
A former office building in Solihull which has undergone conversion into a block of 26 apartments has been sold to a Birmingham developer in an undisclosed deal.
Plans to build 81 flats on the site of run-down former factory have been given the go-ahead by Nottingham City Council.
Maryland Securities has been granted planning permission to build the first 81 apartments of a planned 310-home development on the grounds of the Forest Mill office block on Alfreton Road.
Almost one in 10 new homes created in the last two years were converted from offices without having to go through the planning system, according to research by the Local Government Association (LGA).
The £11m residential conversion of Horsforth Mill in Leeds is under way.
Plans to transform one of Manchester’s largest surviving textile mills at a cost of £50m have been approved by Manchester City Council.
Under proposals from Capital&Centric, Talbot Mill on Ellesmere Street will be restored and converted into 202 new apartments.
The House of Lords has debated permitted development rights that might see a pub’s use change and neighbourhood planning groups being informed of national infrastructure projects.
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