Responding to a new independent report about the quality standard of homes delivered through certain permitted development rights for the change of use, Cllr Mark Crane, District Councils’ Network lead member for stronger economies, said:

“This report raises a number of concerns which we share over homes created under permitted development, in particular around quality of life and people’s well-being.

“Communities do not have a say over permitted development conversions, and developers are also not required to provide vital local infrastructure and affordable homes.

“For this reason permitted development should be ended, and the full planning process followed.

“Planning is not a barrier to house-building, as districts continue to grant 9 in 10 planning permissions, while tens of thousands of homes with planning permission remain unbuilt.

“Rather than further tinkering with the planning system, councils need to be given the powers to get building desperately needed homes again.”