Section: Affordable Housing

Over 13,500 affordable homes lost through office conversions

Posted 13.01.20
Local Government Association (LGA): Further reading

Communities have potentially lost out on more than 13,500 desperately-needed affordable homes in the past four years as a result of rules allowing offices to be converted into housing without planning permission.

New analysis by the Local Government Association reveals that in some parts of the country, office conversions carried out under the permitted development right - which allows homes to be created without going through the planning system - amount to almost half of all new housing.

This means communities have no way to ensure developers meet high quality standards, provide any affordable homes as part of the development or ensure supporting infrastructure such as roads, schools and health services are in place.

The LGA said councils want to work with the Government to tackle the housing shortage and ensure new housing meets the needs of communities.

As part of this, it is calling on permitted development rules to be scrapped and local communities to be allowed to have a vital say on new developments in their area.


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