Government Announces Planning Rules on Extensions could be Relaxed
The government is looking towards a relaxation of current rules in England allowing people to build larger extensions on houses as ministers seek to boost the economy and end the ongoing recession following a the coalition reshuffle this week
There will be a one month consultation on allowing homeowners and businesses, for a three-year period, to be able to build much bigger extensions without planning permission than they can at present. The new Permitted Development Rights would make it easier to install conservatories and loft extensions without going through weeks of planning bureaucracy.
If the plans go ahead, full planning permission – required for extensions of more than three or four metres from the rear wall of any home – would only be needed for those reaching beyond 8m for detached homes and 6m for others. Rules that restrict an extension to no more than 50% of a property’s garden will remain.
Mr Cameron said: “We’re determined to cut through the bureaucracy that holds us back. That starts with getting the planners off our backs, getting behind the businesses that have the ambition to expand and meeting the aspirations of families that want to buy or improve a home.”
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles told the BBC that the extension rule changes would benefit local businesses as well as householders, as new carpets and furnishing including conservatory blinds, window shutters
, and furnishings would be needed for them.
Meanwhile, Labour says that ministers are “kidding themselves”. The proposals, it says, are “not up to the scale of the challenge” and do not address the real problem of a “lack of confidence and demand in the economy”. Mr Miliband said, “A one-year holiday from the current rules on planning for a conservatory extension of up to eight metres into a garden does not represent an economic plan. Someone in New Labour said if you want to understand aspiration you need to understand conservatories. They were right about that.”
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