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TGKP Response to consultation on planning reform - supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes.

In October 2018 the Government consulted on a number of proposals for change to national planning policy and regulations, including permitted development rights. 

Responding in January 2019, TGKP's Chairman, Rob Bennett said:

"Permitted development rights can, in ideal circumstances, allow welcome flexibilities and a light regulatory touch to encourage positive and sustainable development. But in reality PDRs has can have unintended negative consequences and undermine the very policy objectives used to justify their introduction. 

"Most of the proposals in this consultation would actually undermine planning authorities’ efforts to help adapt and revive high streets and town centres.  For example, development in the airspace above existing premises raises complex issues that cannot properly be considered through a prior approval process and should be subject to normal planning consideration.  We do not believe that the planning system should be a major barrier to well-grounded proposals.

"We urge the Government to commission a truly comprehensive and independent review of permitted development rights and the Use Classes Order, including evaluation of the full socio-economic impact of other changes made over the past few years. That could then help shape more strategic and longer-term thinking about how these planning tools can best help places become fit for the 21st century."

The full text of TGKP's response to the consultation can be found here.