Reading Borough Council has approved plans to seek a far-reaching article 4 direction to restrict a range of “damaging” permitted development (PD) rights across the authority’s area.
A London council has launched a legal challenge seeking to block the government’s controversial new permitted development (PD) right that allows a range of town centre commercial uses to convert to housing without needing a planning application.
The City of London Corporation has approved a new Article 4 Direction to ensure that, from next year, it retains planning control over proposals made under the controversial new commercial-to-residential permitted development (PD) right.
A planning inspector’s dismissal of plans to convert a chip ship into three tiny flats under permitted development (PD) rights because they would be too small to constitute housing is the first refusal on such grounds at appeal, say experts. The case, they say, sets a precedent that should in future help councils to reject similarly under-sized housing plans.