PDR could ‘kill off high street’, planners warn

Empty high street shops

Expanded permitted development rights (PDR) could kill off the high street by replacing shops with homes and creating “dead frontages”, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has warned.

The RTPI’s letter is a response to the government’s proposal in October last year that PDR could be expanded to allow developers to convert high street outlets to offices or homes and to add extra storeys on existing buildings.

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