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More permitted development for building conversion to residential

22 February 2024|

The Government consulted in July 2023 on relaxing Permitted Development Rights (PDR) restrictions for conversion in Class MA of commercial, business and service uses to residential. There is a House of Commons briefing paper on PDR and Change of Use. The Government’s further consultation on more PDR is here and runs until 9th April 2024. It is proposed to remove size limits on buildings to be converted and no longer to consider how long they have been empty. The consultation covers also increased flexibility for householders to alter or extend their homes, more consideration of building upwards, changes to the rules for demolition of certain buildings and their rebuild plus new rules for electric charging points and installation of air source heat pumps.


New planning policies and proposals by DLUHC

21 February 2024|

The Government has issued many planning proposals since December 2023. They include letters to LPA planning officers, as here. Michael Gove MP gave a speech on his intentions, issued a revised NPPF, published his Long Term Plan for Housing and issued instructions to LPAs to focus on brownfield land development. A consultation on the latter runs until 26th March 2024. Read (more…) for press articles expressing doubt and concern about the latter.


The Property Owning Democracy

2 January 2024|

The Property Owning Democracy

Policy Exchange published their report on The Property Owning Democracy on December 4, 2023.

They comment that “homeownership is virtually impossible for anyone who does not inherit a considerable amount of wealth, or is earning many times the median wage”. Housing is, they say, “rapidly becoming the preserve of the richest in society”.

A copy can be downloaded here.

Return of Help To Buy?

26 December 2023|

The Return of Help To Buy?

On December 26 2023, Andrew Lainton drew attention to a report from The Times about Conservative Government plans for helping young people to buy their own home.

It will be interesting to see how it affects Government financial support to London for those on low incomes who may be unlikely to be able to purchase a home.


Ben Derbyshire reflects on the London housing shortage at AGM

20 October 2023|

London Forum’s President Ben Derbyshire speaking at the October 2023 AGM, highlighted his newly published book – Home Truths.  He said that after 50 years as an architect, he wanted to pass on what he felt young architects ought to know. Firstly that we need to learn from ‘Loved Housing’. (more…)

Speech to AGM by Patron Professor Tony Travers

18 October 2023|

London Forum’s Patron Professor Tony Travers, Visiting professor in the LSE Dept of Government and Director of LSE London gave a speech at London Forum’s AGM on October 12, 2023 in which he asked us to consider London as it is today and think how it came about.