On 1 August, a new permitted development right (PDR) comes into force, which will allow additional storeys to be built on top of buildings without the need for planning consent.
The new PDR, which applies to detached residential blocks built between 1 July 1948 and 5 March 2018, was announced by housing secretary Robert Jenrick in early March. At the time, The Guardian wrote that it was “expected to transform the skyline of residential areas”, but less than a month away from its introduction, legal experts and airspace developers have conflicting views on how effective the new legislation will be.
Jason Lowes, Town Planning Partner shares his view on PDR.
“The line between getting planning permission and prior approval for permitted development may start to get blurred,” says Jason Lowes, a partner at Rapleys, adding that we are not quite at that point yet.