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Call for Evidence

Terms of Reference

With specific reference to permitted development in respect of large-scale development, commercial-to-residential conversions and changes of use between different types of commercial and retail premises:

  • What role should permitted development rights (PDR) play in the planning system?
  • What is the impact of PDR on the quality and quantity of new housing, including affordable and social housing?
  • What is the impact of PDR on local planning authorities, developer contributions and the provision of infrastructure and services?
  • Is the government’s approach to PDR consistent with its vision in the Planning White Paper?
  • What is the impact of PDR on the ability of local authorities to plan development and shape their local communities?
  • Is the government right to argue that PDR supports business and economic growth?
  • What is the impact of PDR on the involvement of local communities in the planning process?
  • Should the government reform PDR? If so, how?

In addition, written submissions may touch on any other matter relevant to the government’s approach towards these kinds of permitted development.


We want our inquiries to be informed by a diverse range of voices. Our committee team are happy to help if you require a reasonable adjustment, such as an extension to the deadline, or submitting evidence in an alternative format: please get in touch at or 020 7219 5364.

Please note: The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee examines policy issues relating to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and its associated bodiesIt is unable to investigate, or adjudicate on, individual cases. While you may request anonymity or confidentiality, we can’t guarantee this will happen as the Committee has the power to decide. Requests will be granted if there is a likelihood of adverse effects on family or others.

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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