Permitted development conversions (1)

MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What proportion of the office to residential conversions through permitted development, tracked in the London Development Database in the past year, involved offices that were partly or fully occupied, for London as a whole and broken down by borough?


Answer for Permitted development conversions (1)

Answer for Permitted development conversions (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The most recent set of data is for the financial year 2014/15. Please see Appendix D. In some cases occupancy data is not available.

As you will be aware, I actively lobbied the Government to reconsider its proposals to liberalise change of use from offices to housing prior to the announcement in October and this informed Government in extending the exemptions from the rights currently in place until May 2019. This intervention has given the time needed to ensure a co-ordinated approach to the introduction of Article 4 Directions by the relevant boroughs, so that space can continue to be protected in London's nationally and internationally important business districts.