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Extension of PDR rules potential design problem

Date: 14/10/2016

Planning magazine reports that a recent DCLG press release announcing communities secretary Sajid Javid's £5 billion housebuilding boost included a promise to deliver 4,000 additional homes by extending existing office-to-residential permitted development rights (PDRs) to allow for demolition of office premises and their replacement with housing "on a like-for-like basis".

Planning Officers Society Board Chair Mike Kiely told Planning magazine: "These can be large, significant buildings in town centres. It's going to be hard to square the circle regarding national policy on good design, particularly as the paltry prior approval fees will reduce the resource we have to do so."

MikeKiely3web.jpgMike Kiely

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