18,000 Affordable Homes Lost Due to Permitted Development, LGA Says

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More than 18,000 affordable homes have been lost since 2015 because of Permitted Development rights, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

Permitted Development (PD) can help homeowners avoid the need to apply for planning permission for certain home improvements, and the extension of PD in 2013 led to a new right being introduced which allowed for the conversion of commercial or office buildings into housing without planning approval.

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.