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Housing: Design

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 213165, tabled on 28 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, pursuant to his Answer of 11 January 2019 to Question 206212, what plans he has to review the effect on design quality of permitted development for office to residential conversions.

Answered on

31 January 2019

The revised National Planning Policy Framework promotes the use of local design codes to deliver quality development that reflects local character. My Department is supporting Design Network in a series of engagements with local authority officers and councillors around the country to determine the barriers to delivering quality in their areas. The permitted development right for office to residential conversions allows change of use but not external works. Nationally, over 42,000 homes were delivered under the right in the three years to March 2018. All homes delivered through the right are required to meet Building Regulations, including fire safety.

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