Last edited 18 Feb 2021

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CLC calls for rethink of permitted development rights


On 1 February 2021, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) said government proposals to extend so-called permitted development rights, which will allow more premises to bypass normal planning procedures and be turned into homes, need greater safeguards to protect communities.

CIC, of which CIAT is a member, has set out a number of concerns in its response to the Ministry of the Housing Communities and Local Government Consultation on Supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure.

The organisation said the proposals could alienate communities by allowing inappropriate development to be foisted on them, whilst not making any contribution to local infrastructure. The CIC also expressed concerns over quality and safety standards and the longer term impact on areas by providing easier routes to deliver new homes without proper regard for placemaking and amenity space.

Professor Tony Crook MBE, Chair of the CIC Housing Panel and Emeritus Professor of Town & Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield, said 'This whole area will need more clarity. Space, quality standards and safety are all areas of concern to us, as is the fact that permitted development does not allow the knitting together of the necessary infrastructure.'

He added 'At a time when local resources are stretched, and will become even more so as councils count the cost of the pandemic, we see no reason why permitted development should be an exception to the principle of delivering sufficient infrastructure alongside new housing.'

CIC has set out a number of measures to provide confidence to communities and professionals.

Additional safeguards should:

This article was originally published on 4 February 2021 as ‘Government permitted development plans need rethink, says CIC’ on the CIAT website.


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