In response to questioning from Planning magazine Mike Kiely, Chair of the POS Board, shared his initial thoughts on this part of the recent Technical Consultation in that the Society is not in support of this being PD for a number of reasons
- Allowing the conversion of premises to residential without planning permission does not enable local planning authorities to deliver on key housing policies such as affordable housing, dwelling mix and other supporting amenities/infrastructure.
- The introduction of residential uses into employment areas will lead to a loss of employment premises and existing jobs as residential land values are higher than land for employment purposes.
- New residents will start to insist on restrictions on neighbouring businesses (eg hours of operation, noise and traffic movements generated) further constraining the ability of businesses to operate successfully.
- Employment areas were not planned with the infrastructure and facilities found in residential areas and the Council will be unable to seek financial contributions or in-kind contributions (such as land) for their provision.
- The introduction of a residential population into an industrial/commercial area will result in conflicts (potentially fatal) between the two very different types of traffic and pedestrian movement.
- At the moment sites with previously potentially contaminative uses, which include dry cleaners, warehousing and light industrial etc., changing to a sensitive use such as housing would attract a condition in respect of ground contamination. This is not possible with permitted development.
Mike Kiely, Chair of POS Board