Response: Relaxation of planning rules for change of use from commercial to residential

By: Deborah Garvie  Published: August 2011

This paper sets out our views on the proposal to make permitted development a change of use from commercial use to residential use. In the Annex we answer the specific consultation questions.


We welcome the Government's ambition to increase housing supply. Providing more homes should help affordability and, with sensible planning policies, should increase the supply of new affordable homes. Together with the recent CLG "issues paper" looking at how changes of use are handled by the planning system there appears to be a real willingness to challenge some of the fundamental constraints in the planning system.