The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee publishes a “call for evidence” (until 30/04/2021) relating to their permitted development rights inquiry …

[UPDATE: For the subsequent report relating to this inquiry, please view this post.]

The "Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee" (a "Commons Select Committee") has published the following "call for evidence", which runs for (approx) 5 weeks from 23/03/2021 until 30/04/2021:

  • March 2021: "Permitted Development Rights Inquiry - call for evidence" (link to the main webpage for the inquiry) (link to the "call for evidence" webpage).

Notes:

  • The main webpage (link) for the above inquiry includes the following information:
    - "The aim of this short inquiry is to examine the Government’s recent and proposed changes to permitted development rights in respect of large-scale development, commercial-to-residential conversions and changes of use between different types of commercial and retail premises. In particular, the inquiry will explore their role in supporting economic growth and their impact on local authorities, including their ability to plan development holistically, developer contributions, the provision of services and social housing and the supply and quality of new homes.".
  • The "call for evidence" webpage (link) for the above inquiry includes the following "Terms of Reference":
    - "With specific reference to permitted development in respect of large-scale development, commercial-to-residential conversions and changes of use between different types of commercial and retail premises:
    >>> What role should permitted development rights (PDR) play in the planning system?
    >>> What is the impact of PDR on the quality and quantity of new housing, including affordable and social housing?
    >>> What is the impact of PDR on local planning authorities, developer contributions and the provision of infrastructure and services?
    >>> Is the government’s approach to PDR consistent with its vision in the Planning White Paper?
    >>> What is the impact of PDR on the ability of local authorities to plan development and shape their local communities?
    >>> Is the government right to argue that PDR supports business and economic growth?
    >>> What is the impact of PDR on the involvement of local communities in the planning process?
    >>> Should the government reform PDR? If so, how?".
    - "In addition, written submissions may touch on any other matter relevant to the government’s approach towards these kinds of permitted development.".

Other sources of information:

  • March 2021: Committee press release - "New inquiry: Permitted development rights" (link).