The Bartlett School of Planning


Dr. Ben Clifford interviewed on BBC Radio 4

16 August 2018

Dr. Ben Clifford was interviewed by Winifred Robinson on BBC Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’ about his RICS Research Trust funded work on permitted development.

Reading Conversion

Listen to the interview here. 

Dr. Ben Clifford discusses the findings in the report 'Assessing the Impacts of Extending Permitted Development Rights to Office-to-Residential Change of Use in England'. It has been possible since May 2013 to convert a building from being an office into residential use without needing planning permission. This research, conducted by Ben Clifford, Jessica Ferm, Nicola Livingstone and Patricia Canelas, assesses the impacts of extending permitted development rights for office to residential conversions in England. Utilising an in-depth case study approach, this research sought to determine whether enhanced freedom to change the use of property has threatened the development of sustainable communities through the loss of public revenue and unwelcome externalities.

Read the full report here.