This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best possible experience. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with this. You can find out more about how we use cookies here. If you would like to know more about cookies, or how you can delete them, click here.

RTPI responds to City Am article on offices to residential

05 April 2015

City AmBen Habib argues it should be easier to convert offices into flats (‘We can ramp up housebuilding by turning offices into flats – if the planners let us', 2 April).

When the “offices-to-resi” idea was originally mooted, ministers said it was a good idea to turn “vacant” offices into a useful purpose. However there is no requirement for premises to be vacant in order to be converted. If the policy is retained for good, there is a risk that income generating activities which require low rent properties will be cleared out of high value areas altogether. Tech City has been spared this measure in recognition of its value to the economy. But it only arose there due to low rents. Will we kill off the next emerging innovation quarter through keeping this measure?

Richard Blyth

Head of Policy, Practice and Research

Richard Blyth _RTPI Staff -0648