As published in Property Week on 14 October


The Government’s introduction of the Class MA permitted development right – making it possible to convert most commercial buildings to residential use, is deemed to be a shortcut to addressing housing shortages instead of dealing with the bigger issues within the planning system.

Rapleys Town Planning Partner, Jason Lowes comments on the National Planning Policy Framework in relation to Article 4 directions. Lowes thinks that although local authorities have seen a level of success in the past in relation to the approval of these directions, the change in policy means the chances of approval are lower than before and that it remains to be seen what the government will permit.

Read the article in full here.