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Change of Use

Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN HL16681, tabled on 25 June 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the risk of high streets becoming purely residential as a result of permitted development rights allowing residential use of high street buildings.

Answered on

4 July 2019

Permitted development rights for change of use are part of a package of measures brought forward to support the modernisation of our high streets, helping them adapt to provide for a mix of retail, leisure, community and residential uses.

The rights for change of use from shops and financial services to residential use are subject to prior approval by the local planning authority, allowing them to consider the impact of the proposed change of use on the sustainability of the town centre and on an adequate provision of retail services.