Planning Resource Magazine has just published an article indicating that the proposal to include rights to demolish and replace buildings under office to residential permitted development rights is still being considered by DCLG.

If the proposed rights come forward then the number of buildings suitable for conversion will increase significantly. As such, the amendments are likely to be both popular amongst developers and somewhat politically sensitive.

The proposal was announced by Planning Ministers last November, but did not feature in the amendments to the GDPO that were laid before parliament last month.

It now appears that they are still on the table, although we may have to wait for the Housing and Planning Bill to pass before we find out for certain.