Parker Morris dead

An inspector dealing with an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for a one-bedroom dwelling in Cornwall (DCS Number 400-015-804) has announced the demise of the Parker Morris standards.

The inspector noted that the building would have an internal floorspace of approximately 33.5 square metres. He recorded that this would be short of the minimum recommended level of 37 square metres for a dwelling of this type set out in the Government’s nationally described space standards published on 27 March 2015.

The appellant argued that the floorspace would exceed the minimum 29.7 square metres recommended by the Parker Morris Committee in 1961. The inspector ruled, however, that these historic standards have no substantive bearing in the present. Irrespective of present or historic standards, he determined, the internal floorspace proposed would be limited so as to provide for cramped living conditions.

The family and friends of Parker Morris are in our thoughts at this sad time.

The following DCP section is relevant: 7.4338

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