When the Wind(fall) Blows: Controversial commercial-to-residential permitted development rights, explained

Last week’s expansion of permitted development rights on high streets came as “a bit of shock”, says Roy Pinnock, a partner in the Planning & Public Law team of the world’s biggest law firm, Dentons. Changes announced by Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick open up many more commercial properties for residential conversion without the need for full-fat planning permission. Here Pinnock explains what the new PD proposals are, and what’s not to like about them…