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DCN responds to consultation on Permitted Development Rights

Published: 29 September 2023

DCN has responded to the Government’s consultation on Permitted Development Rights, which focused in particular on the agricultural sector and high streets. DCN reiterated our position that, in general, we do not support any further extension to Permitted Development Rights.

We highlighted our concern that homes through Permitted Development Rights have been more likely to be poorer quality and that any change of use to new residential development should be properly assessed through the planning application process.

“Permitted development rights (PDR) avoid the detailed consideration that is required from housing secured through full planning permission. The result has been that PDR homes have been more likely to be poorer quality as a result of factors that really matter – internal living space, natural light and access to private amenity space.”

“Full planning permission should be required if we are to achieve quality, long-lasting, sustainable and healthy communities”, we said.

You can read our full response by clicking here.

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