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...

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Roy Pinnock

Partner at Dentons

Roy is a partner in Dentons' Planning and Public Law team, bringing his experience of working on regeneration projects within local government and as a consultant to his legal practice. He advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious planning for complex housing, fracking and mixed-uses development, including environmental assessment, highways law and judicial review. He is also a Solicitor Advocate with higher rights of audience, and a specialist in Community Infrastructure Levy, EIA/ SEA, viability, Local Plans and related hearings and examinations.

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