The Government is to introduce consultation paper, planning reform to support the High Street and increase the delivery of new homes as outlined in the last budget.
Measures proposed includes the following:
- New permitted development rights for upward extensions to provide dwellings above a range of commercial premises and residential properties subject to approval and height limits.
- New permitted development rights allowing commercial buildings to be demolished and replaced with homes subject to prior approval.
- More flexible changes of use in High Streets through the introduction of new permitted development rights including from A1, A2 or A5 retail uses to offices and from A5 (hot food takeaways) to residential subject to prior approval.
- Extending permitted development rights for temporary changes of use in High Street premises or other community uses including libraries, exhibition halls, museums, clinics and health centres.
- Changes to retail use classes to accommodate new and future business models and more flexibility within the classes. Shops, financial and professional services and restaurants and cafes would be merged into a single use class.
- Removing permitted development rights for telephone kiosks and deemed consent for adverts on the side of them.
- Making permanent the permitted development rights for changes from storage and distribution to residential and for large extensions to dwellings.
It is hoped these planning reforms will boost housing delivery and contribute to economic growth.