The intention is that this permanent right will help the provision of more houses. The Government is aiming to deliver 1 million homes by 2020.
This should help developers gain some certainty with their redevelopment plans.
New measures to make it easier to turn office buildings into homes Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes. First introduced in 2013, temporary permitted development rights have enabled offices to be converted to new homes without having to apply for planning permission. It has meant that between April 2014 and June this year, almost 4,000 conversions were given the go-ahead. However, these rights were set to expire on 30 May 2016. Mr Lewis has now announced that these permitted development rights will be made permanent. In addition, those who already have permission will have three years in which to complete the change of use – ending potential uncertainty for developers and enabling the development of much needed homes.