Government extends PDR on Commercial Buildings

14th February 2024

On Tuesday 13th February, the government laid legislation in Parliament to extend current Permitted Development Rights so that commercial buildings of any size can be converted into new homes.

The government said the move, part of a major overhaul of the planning system, will cut red tape that stops derelict sites and unused buildings being turned into new homes. It means shops, offices, and other buildings can be quickly repurposed, resulting in "thousands of quality new homes by 2030"

Commenting on this announcement, a spokesperson for Caridon Property, said:

“Caridon Property welcomes the Government's initiative to unlock the potential of derelict sites and unused buildings. This move not only streamlines the conversion process but also addresses the pressing need for more housing in our communities. By extending permitted development rights to encompass commercial buildings of any size, we anticipate a significant acceleration in the delivery of quality homes across the country. This progressive approach not only revitalises neglected areas but also promotes sustainable urban development. As an organisation deeply embedded in the housing sector for over 15 years, providing accommodation and support to over 10,000 homeless individuals, we understand the pressing challenges amidst a housing crisis.

“Caridon Property will continue to work within the Government’s guidelines to deliver much-needed housing to both private and social renters. We look forward to playing our part in this transformative initiative and contributing to the creation of vibrant, thriving communities.”

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