Yesterday, the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that permitted development rights will be amended to require that all new homes delivered through Permitted Development rights in the future will be required to meet the Nationally Described Space Standards.  This is a reaction to concerns that some homes delivered through the prior approval process have been small.

The introduction of space standards into permitted development rights will mean that residential conversions and upward extensions will need to provide units at a minimum size of 37 sqm of floorspace for a one bed flat with a shower room, or 39 sqm where there is a bathroom.

The changes will be introduced through an amendment to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order, although the date the changes come into effect is yet to be confirmed.

To find out more about this announcement view the press release on GOV.UK or contact Sebastian Tibenham, Executive Director from our Manchester office or Henry Courtier, Director from our London office.