Councils across England are warning that homes created using permitted development rights are a potential threat to people’s health and wellbeing, with the most vulnerable people in society being more at risk.
The extension of permitted development rights to allow high street conversions to offices and homes is to come into effect on 25 May.
Permitted development rules which allow offices and industrial buildings to be converted into homes without planning permission would be scrapped under a Labour Government.
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Government proposals to extend upwards and convert commercial properties into dwellings by extending permitted development rights will result in poor-quality development and see public services suffer.
Housing minister Dominic Raab has announced changes to permitted development rights that mean up to five houses can be created from existing agricultural buildings on a farm, rather than the current maximum of three.
According to the government, “several hundred” homes are created each year through the conversion of agricultural buildings. These changes are expected to increase this number.
Permitted development rights rules are “detrimental” to local communities and should be scrapped, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
The LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales, has conducted research suggesting that close to one in 10 new homes over the last two years was converted from an existing office, with no investment in affordable housing or infrastructure supporting these conversions.
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