Will new planning regulations cause tension in cities?

View of an empty Office block: UK March 2009

Earlier this month, the government announced its latest proposal for the further relaxation of planning laws – this time, for an initial three-year trial period, looking to allow office buildings to be converted into residential dwellings without the need to apply for planning permission. The introduction of the plan, which does not include shop premises or other business or industrial buildings, is anticipated for the spring of this year. However, the City of London has already been granted … [Read more...]