In a speech earlier today, Brandon Lewis provided more detail on the new permanent office to residential permitted development rights, which are shortly to make their way to the statute books.

The key points to note are as follows:

  • Developers making use of the current permitted development rights will have three years from 30 May 2016 to complete their schemes;
  • The new, permanent, rights will include the ability to demolish old office buildings and build bespoke residential dwellings in their place;
  • The new rights will also include light industrial buildings and launderettes; and
  • The list of exempt areas will be withdrawn, but not until May 2019. This will give the relevant local authorities time to exclude the new rights, by making Article 4 Directions, before the exemptions cease.