I set out my strong concerns about the new permitted development rights (PDR) in my recent response to the Government’s consultation on new Class E to residential PDR and in my evidence to the House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee’s inquiry into permitted development.
I made clear my concerns that the rights do not provide good quality or affordable housing, or contribute to infrastructure delivery including accessible open space and urban greening. PDR also bypasses requirements for minimum onsite carbon reduction, locking in higher carbon emissions in the future.
I am working closely with London Councils on this matter and providing support to boroughs to introduce Article 4 Directions to remove these permitted development rights in targeted locations. This will help to ensure access to local amenities in London’s high streets and town centres and to safeguard our vibrant commercial and business districts and internationally important commercial agglomerations.