Why lockdown should be the catalyst for planning reform

Paul Smith CROP

Too many people are locked down inside tiny homes because of planning system failure

As the coronavirus crisis continues, we’re starting to adjust to the ‘new normal’ of our daily lives, which is making us think differently about our homes. They are now our offices and our restaurants, our schools and our sports facilities - and our refuge from the outside world.

Yet not everyone’s lockdown is created equal.

The inequalities and inefficiencies in our housing market are being ruthlessly exposed. It is much easier to self-isolate in a large, detached house with a garden than it is in a small apartment with no outdoor space. Having to do so in a so-called home with no windows converted from an office building under permitted development rights (PDR) doesn’t bear thinking about. How many of those shamed on social media for being in parks have no other choice?


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