The Rise and Rise of Permitted Development in England

  • Ben CliffordEmail author
  • Jessica Ferm
  • Nicola Livingstone
  • Patricia Canelas


This chapter charts the rise of permitted development, explaining how successive governments have increased the amount and type of activity possible in England without planning permission as part of a broader series of planning reforms. The government’s aims for these reforms are considered. The chapter also introduces the book as a whole, explaining the extent of office-to-residential change of use seen since the deregulation was introduced in 2013, the need to consider the topic because of its direct impacts on the built environment and communities, but also the need to look at this more generally to understand how planning works (and is being undermined). The chapter concludes with an outline of the rest of the book to follow.


Permitted development England Deregulation Change of use Conversion Coalition government 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben Clifford
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jessica Ferm
    • 2
  • Nicola Livingstone
    • 3
  • Patricia Canelas
    • 4
  1. 1.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Bartlett School of PlanningUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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