Shop conversions

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you now answer substantively Question No: 3059 / 2013

"Do you agree with the Government planning minister that shops should be able to be converted to housing without planning permission?"


Answer for Shop conversions

Answer for Shop conversions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have responded to Government on this matter and raised concerns that government's proposed approach is likely to lead to un-managed, 'pepper potted' release of shop units to low density housing. This is likely to cut across the more comprehensive, planned approach being considered by the Outer London Commission to deliver substantial, high density, retail/residential led mixed-use redevelopment in town centres to support their vitality and viability. If Government were to proceed with this proposal, I have suggested that any permitted development relaxations are not available within primary retail frontages in designated town centres proposed or identified in Local Plans.