We are specifically concerned that unlike some of the recent changes to permitted development, this consultation proposes that a new permitted development right to change use from Commercial, Business and Service (Class E) to residential (C3) would apply in conservation areas. Diversity is critical to the vitality and vibrancy of historic towns and shopping streets. The current planning system enables a range of uses that sustains the character, amenity and community of towns, rather than allowing a profitable single use to dominate.
Full details of the proposals up for consultation can be accessed here.
We cannot support the proposed changes which would risk:
- Leading to the loss of historic character within our conservation areas.
- Harming the diversity and vitality of our high streets, town, and city centres.
- Facilitating the creation of poor-quality homes and living environments.
- Reducing the opportunity for public consultation on public infrastructure applications.
Read our full submission here.