RTPI, RIBA and RICS urge PM to ‘urgently reconsider’ new town centre permitted development right

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has written a joint letter to the Prime Minister co-signed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), warning that the government’s permitted development changes “present a risk for our nation’s town centres and small businesses”.

RTPI and TCPA blast government introduction of new town centre PD right

The government’s decision to proceed with controversial plans to introduce a new permitted development (PD) right allowing a range of town centre uses to convert to residential use is “unfathomable” and risks creating “slum housing”, two leading planning sector bodies have warned.