Webinar: Find out more about Permitted Development Rights

Ask a planning expert your questions on the government’s reforms to the planning system – particularly on Permitted Development Rights.

The UK government has hugely increased the scope of what is called ‘permitted development’ rights (PDR) – that is development where there is no need to submit a planning application. Since the summer, property developers have been able to add additional storeys, demolish commercial buildings, and turn shops into homes, all without planning permission. They plan to go even further, as we discuss here. 

We all want new homes, but it’s important that local people get a say. But when it’s permitted development, you don’t get a chance to object. Your council can only “approve” the development based on a short list of criteria. No planning application process also means no funds for local public services, and no requirements for affordable homes in these new developments.


It’s a complicated busines and we’re often contacted by people asking for more information on what the changes to PDR mean for them, their communities, and democracy.

This webinar will answer those questions and more.  

Please register to attend via Eventbrite. 

If you would like to submit a question in advance, please email us at contact@rightscommunityaction.co.uk.


Dr Hugh Ellis, Policy Director, Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) and Rights : Community : Action Director.

More information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/planning-reform-learn-about-permitted-development-rights-tickets-148886504543

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