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Government Consultation on Planning Reform

Added on: 20th December, 2018 by O1

The government is undertaking a major consultation on a range of proposals to "make best use of land and speed up the delivery of new homes."

The document 'Planning Reform: Supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes' can be downloaded HERE.

Of particular interest to town centres is Part 1 which covers Permitted development rights and use classes (see pages 9 - 22).

Orpington 1st BID will be responding on behalf of the town centre so if you have any views which you wish to be considered the please contact us by 10th January. Of course you are also welcome to submit your points individually.

The consultation seeks any views on each part of a package of measures to make best use of land and speed up the delivery of new homes and runs until 14th January.

Amongst the proposals are:

• New permitted development rights to allow existing premises in typical high street uses to change to a wider range of uses, allowing more leisure and community uses such as gyms, libraries, health care and office use as well as homes.

• With a view to supporting the modernisation of the high street and enabling businesses to adapt to changes in consumer demands, changes to use classes for uses commonly found on the high street are proposed, to make it easier for certain uses to change use.

• New permitted development right to extend certain existing buildings upwards to provide additional, well designed, new homes to meet local housing need.

• Removal of the existing right that allows the installation of, and advertising on, new public call boxes.


High streets and town centres are already providing a wider range of leisure and community services and business uses alongside traditional high street shops and financial services. The government proposes that permitted development rights for change from retail and other high street uses would provide a quicker more certain route to enable business to adapt and help town centres to remain vibrant. However, across the BID industry there has been consensus that permitted development has had some unintended negative consequences, too.

For any enquiries about the consultation please contact:
planningconsultation2018@communities.gov.uk

The link to the government's online survey is HERE

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