Planning for the Future: Government reveals details of ‘radical’ reforms to create ‘a whole new planning system for England’

This is “radical reform unlike anything we have seen since the Second World War,” declares the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, as the Planning for the Future consultation opens. “Not more fiddling around the edges, not simply painting over the damp patches, but levelling the foundations and building, from the ground up, a whole new planning system for England.”

Commercial Break: What to consider when converting excess office space to resi

Permitted development rights are in hot debate as the Government attempts to reform the planning system, deliver more housing and build the UK out of the Coronavirus crisis, with questions remaining over quality control and the long-term impacts on our towns and cities. Chris Barkley condenses the current position in relation to office-to-resi conversions, and looks at what the future might hold…