The “Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee” publishes the report (July 2021) for its permitted development rights inquiry …

[UPDATE: For the subsequent government response to this report, please view this post.]

Note: The "Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee" is a "House of Commons Select Committee" (comprised of MPs), which examines the policy, administration, and spending of the "Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government".

The "Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee" has published the following report for its permitted development rights inquiry:

  • July 2021: House of Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee - Permitted Development Rights (July 2021) (pdf) (link to the press release for the report) (link to the main webpage for the inquiry).


  • The press release (link) for the above report includes the following information:
    - "The Committee’s examined the Government’s recent 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.".
    - "The report makes a series of recommendations, including that the Government should:
    >>> pause any further extensions of permitted development for change of use to residential, including the new class MA right, which is due to take effect on 1 August;
    >>> conduct a review of the role of PDRs for change of use to residential within the wider planning system and explain how it aligns with plan-led development and local democratic involvement, two areas of emphasis in the Government’s Planning for the future White Paper; and
    >>> consider amending the prior approval process to require PDR housing to have outdoor private or communal amenity space, and to enable councils to require that PDR housing contributes overall to the delivery of the right mix of housing for their area. In particular, the report recommends that local authorities be able to prevent the siting of homes in inappropriate locations, such as business and industrial parks"

Other sources of information:

  • March 2021: Committee press release - "New inquiry: Permitted development rights" (link).
  • March 2021: "Permitted Development Rights Inquiry - call for evidence" (link to the main webpage for the inquiry) (link to the "call for evidence" webpage).
    - Note: For more information about the above document, please view this post.