Permitted development changes may cause decline in living standards, warns charity

Crowded street at Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill, London
There has been accusations that the government's planned permitted development changes could lead to a decline in housing quality and resident's health (Image credit: Getty Images)

Extending permitted development rights risks creating homes that will negatively affect residents' health, according to a leading health charity.

The Levelling Up Secretary, Michael Gove, announced in February that a range of changes to permitted development rights were being discussed to increase housing supply, particularly on brownfield sites, and maximise underused commercial spaces.

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Simon has trained, is qualified, and subsequently worked as a senior solicitor at one of the major City firms before transitioning to a national firm in Manchester, and eventually returning to his roots in Cambridge.

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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.