Permitted Development Rights 2

MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In view of your response to my written questions cornering Permitted Development Rights at last MQT, your response being: "Strategically London has a surplus of outmoded office and retail space. The release of these spaces could be managed and coordinated more effectively through the planning system, enabling a higher level of residential replacement where appropriate and, if viable, provision of modern commercial/leisure/community space on the ground floor. Therefore I will be monitoring the impact of Government's 3 year PD liberalisation scheme with a view to making evidence based representations on Government's overall approach to Permitted Development rights  to DCLG at the appropriate time."

Do you agree that it is not in London's interest for successful well established SMEs, charities, and other organisations who have been paying business rates for many years in a large and fully occupied office block in an economically important  part of the city  to be given notice to vacate so that their building can be converted to flats?


Answer for Permitted Development Rights 2

Answer for Permitted Development Rights 2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am concerned about impacts of permitted development on occupied office space, including the effect it has on businesses and employment. In carrying out my strategic planning role in London I will continue to make the case for amendments and exemptions to DCLG's proposals.