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RTPI signs open letter on permitted development rights

28 January 2019

The RTPI is campaigning against permitted development rights (PDR) in an open letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The letter is signed by 15 other organisations including the Local Government Association (LGA), Shelter, Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) who share deep concerns over the government’s proposals to extend the use of PDR in delivering housing.

The letter, published today in the Financial Times, said both housing affordability and quality are being jeopardised by PDR and called on the government to focus on delivering homes through the local planning process.  

In its earlier response to the government consultation, the RTPI warned that permitted development rights carry serious financial implications for local authorities as they would not be able to collect planning fees and developer contributions for affordable housing and infrastructure.

The letter to James Brokenshire cited research by LGA and Shelter that shows more than 10,000 affordable homes have potentially been lost in the last three years as a result conversions of office space into residential homes via PDR.

Read the full open letter.