The High Court has today decided not to uphold the recent challenge, brought by Islington Council and supported by Camden and Richmond upon Thames, over the new permitted development rights allowing the conversion of offices into residential units.

The case centred on whether the Government had acted lawfully in the way in which it sought exemptions from the PD rights.

The Court had some sympathy with the Councils but felt that the Government's actions were not unlawful.

Many authorities have reported that they are receiving notifications of proposed changes which would result in the loss of valuable, and in many cases still occupied, employment space.  Authorities are concerned not only that this will have an effect on their area's economic prospects, but also that the changes do not come with any requirement to provide a percentage of affordable housing.