Permitted Development Rights (PDR) are key to housing supply, delivering 13,800 conversions in 2015/2016. Temporarily extended PDR rights to light industrial buildings present further opportunities.
The 2016 amendments to the General Permitted Development Order (GDPO) further extended permitted development rights to Light Industrial to Residential and made permanent office to residential PDR. This presents significant opportunities for investors and funds with commercial and industrial property portfolios.
The publication of the Housing White Paper indicated further Government support for the extension of PDR to increase housing delivery. These include further amendments to Part 4 Class C of the GDPO to extend permitted development rights for schools, where new buildings do not exceed 50% of the existing site area or 2500 sqm of floorspace or seven metres in height.
Consultation is also taking place on new agricultural to residential permitted development right for conversions of up to 750 sqm for a maximum of five dwellings.