Government slammed for “dressing up” PD as high street saviour

It’s been dubbed the creator of “slums of the future”, adopting blanket permissions for housing development that bypass local authority scrutiny, with no requirement for infrastructure contribution, affordable homes or minimum design standards. But the government has hailed new and amended permitted development rights as a tool “to support the regeneration of the high street”. This vision of bringing residents into vacating high streets seeks to transform town centres and boost housing delivery. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's proposed planning reform would accelerate this with wider permitted development rights, moving on from office-to-resi