What's the new PDR and what's the effect?

The Government has announced there will be a new Permitted Development Right (PDR) this autumn, to extend certain existing commercial and residential buildings upwards, in order to create new homes.  It is likely to be subject to a 'prior approval' process (i.e. certain details still need to be approved by the Council before the PDR can be used). 

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It is currently unknown exactly which type of building the new PDR will apply to, whether there will be a limit on the number of new floors, and what matters would be subject to prior approval. 

Supporters say that increasing density will relieve pressure for additional housing sites, allow for additional homes to be created by transport hubs and in town centres, and reduce the need for development in the green belt. 

Those opposed argue that communities and councils will have no say over location, design and quality, how access and safety would be addressed, and the impact on the existing occupiers and neighbours. Existing telecommunications infrastructure could also be moved or removed and increase the value of rooftops, increasing the cost of future mobile infrastructure.  Councils also have the ability to remove PDRs.

The Government says it is continuing to engage with interested parties on the technical details. We will therefore need to wait to see the relevant PDR regulations, to assess its efficacy. 

On the whole though, this looks like a step in the right direction for developers. 

Watch this space….




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