Change of Use

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 31st July 2020.

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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 on affordable housing provision of permitted development rules on the conversion of buildings into homes; and what plans they have to review these rules in response to any emerging evidence indicating a detrimental impact on affordable housing.

Photo of Baroness Thornhill Baroness Thornhill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the quality of homes resulting from permitted development rights to convert offices to residential use.

Photo of Baroness Thornhill Baroness Thornhill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government when their review of permitted development rights for the conversion of buildings to residential use in respect of the quality standard of homes delivered will be published.

Photo of Baroness Thornhill Baroness Thornhill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many homes resulting from permitted development rights meet their nationally described space standard.

Photo of Baroness Thornhill Baroness Thornhill Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the compatibility of the expansion in permitted development rights with the integrity of the locally led planning system.

Photo of Lord Greenhalgh Lord Greenhalgh Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), The Minister of State, Home Department

Permitted development rights for change of use to residential are making an important contribution to housing delivery, largely providing windfall housing that may otherwise not have been delivered through the planning system. The rights make effective use of existing buildings and help boost housing density, as part of our broader housing ambitions, without the need to build on greenfield sites.

In response to concerns raised in respect of the quality of some of the homes delivered through permitted development rights we now require adequate natural light to be provided in habitable rooms. The independent research informing our review has been published and is available at the following (attached) link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/quality-standard-of-homes-delivered-through-change-of-use-permitted-development-rights

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