1 May 2019
During the autumn budget the Government announced new planning reforms to further extend Permitted Development Rights, ultimately aimed to boost housing delivery and support the high street. Over the last three years permitted development rights have provided 46,000 homes representing approximately 20% of the actual net delivery of UK homes.
The fine detail of the proposals are too involved for inclusion here, but in essence the intention is to:
There are significant implications for potential housing delivery wrapped up in these reforms. Research suggests that 40,000 new units could be built in Central London zones 1 & 2 by simply building upwards.
SHW’s Michael Green said: “There are potential positive and negative outcomes to these reforms, but overall it is encouraging that common sense seems to be winning the day as far as adapting the high street to changing behaviours and requirements over time. If you require advice in order to benefit from the proposed changes if / when they become law please seek expert advice.”
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