Civic Society Objects to Extension of Permitted Development Rights

We recently responded to a government planning consultation entitled ‘Supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure’. This contained proposals  to extend Permitted Development Rights allowing conversions from a broad class of commercial properties to residential. We have strongly objected to this.  In Harlow, there have been more than 1,100 residential units created from office conversions under the…

Consultation on Radical Changes to Planning System

You will no doubt have seen in local and national media that the government is consulting on radical changes to the current planning system whose framework was established by the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act. The proposals and the consultation, open until 29th October, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future/planning-for-the-future#basic-information We will be responding to…