Peak District's bid for exemption from new planning rules
PEAK District leaders are trying to overturn a Government decision to allow offices to be transformed into homes without permission.
The Department for Communities and Local Government announced on January 24 that it would allow offices to be converted to housing without planning permission from the spring.
The Peak District National Park Authority is to apply for an exemption as it believes the decision would harm the area's economy while not helping its shortage of low-cost housing.
Planning committee chairwoman Councillor Lesley Roberts said: "The national park has only limited office space and we want to protect it for the sake of local jobs for local people.
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"We would be unable to restrict it to affordable housing, which goes against our policy of prioritising low-cost housing for local people."