Permitted Development Rights: a noxious symptom of the UK housing crisis

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The failure to deliver enough homes means buyers have to settle for overpriced and substandard housing

The past few weeks have seen considerable media coverage around office-to-residential Permitted Development Rights (PDR), particularly the nature - and quality – of the homes that are being delivered via this route.

These rights – which were introduced in 2016 after an initial trial period – allow developers to convert existing offices into residential dwellings without the need for planning permission. Since they were made permanent, they have contributed an average of 14,000 new homes per year to the housing supply (about 7% of the total, according to government data).

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