Business Premises: Change of Use

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of (a) small unit sizes, (b) windowless rooms, (c) poor air quality, (d) lack of green space and amenities and (e) other issues in respect of permitted development rights for office to residential conversions referred to in the May 2018 report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the case study in the May 2018 report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors entitled Extending permitted development rights in England: the implications for public authorities and communities which shows that in Glasgow where office to residential conversion requires full planning permission rather than permitted development higher residential quality and better space standards have followed.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the findings in the May 2018 report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which found that 30 per cent of office to residential conversions built under permitted development met national space standards.

Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether office to residential conversion under permitted development meets the aims set out in the National Policy Planning Framework to achieve healthy, safe and inclusive places, which promote social interaction, are safe and accessible, and enable and support healthy lifestyles.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

We announced in Written Ministerial Statement HCWS 1408 our intention to review permitted development rights for the conversion of buildings to residential use in respect of the quality standard of homes delivered.

New homes in England, whether granted permission on an application or through a permitted development right, are required to meet Building Regulations.

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