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Planning free-for-all ‘to save £100m in fees’

The government hopes its controversial overhaul of permitted development rights could save homes and businesses £100 million a year

The proposals which will double the size of house extensions which can proceed without planning permission could create £600 million work of construction output according to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Launching a consultation on the controversial proposals yesterday (12 November), the department claimed the policy could unleash more than 20,000 extension projects creating 16,000 new jobs.

The reform – which has been heavily criticised by the RIBA, Local Government Association, Civic Voice and several councils – has the potential to save households up to £2,500 in planning and professional fees it was additionally claimed. Total savings could be in the region of £100 million.

Under the plans, the size limits for single-storey domestic extensions will be doubled from four metres to eight metres. Permitted development for shops and offices will increase to 100m² and industrial premises will be able to extend 200m².

The proposed changes would last for three years and be applied in non-protected areas only. The consultation will also explore potential changes to permitted development rights for garage conversions.

The consultation closes on 24 December.


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