Change of Use

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Thornhill Baroness Thornhill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of permitted development rights in allowing the use of high street buildings for residential use on their plans to revive local high streets under the Future High Streets Fund.

Photo of Baroness Thornhill Baroness Thornhill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of high streets becoming purely residential as a result of permitted development rights allowing residential use of high street buildings.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Permitted development rights for change of use are part of a package of measures brought forward to support the modernisation of our high streets, helping them adapt to provide for a mix of retail, leisure, community and residential uses.

The rights for change of use from shops and financial services to residential use are subject to prior approval by the local planning authority, allowing them to consider the impact of the proposed change of use on the sustainability of the town centre and on an adequate provision of retail services.

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