By Emanuela Barbiroglio and Richard Hook

Interactive map: PDR continues to slow in latest DCLG stats

New data published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has revealed a year-on-year decrease of 8% in the reported overall number of permitted development rights (PDR) applications.

Of the 11,000 applications reported in the April to June quarter of 2017, prior approval was not required for 6,200, and permission was granted for 2,600 and refused for 2,300.

Within an overall decrease of 8% in the reported total number of applications between April and June 2017 and Q2 2016, there were:

  • larger householder extensions decreased by 11%
  • office to residential changes dropped by 18%
  • agricultural to residential changes dropped by 22%

Using the DCLG data, Property Week has updated our interactive map showing the parts of the country where councils and local authorities have granted the highest number of office to residential conversions via the PDR planning regime.

A total of 1,400 applications for changes to residential use were reported in April to June 2017, of which 1,000 (70%) were approved without having to go through the full planning process.

London boroughs accounted for 27% of the office-to-residential conversions, with Basingstoke and Deane, Enfield and Wycombe the next most popular areas.