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RIBA slams fresh planning shakeup

The RIBA has hit out at government plans to temporarily remove planning requirements on house extensions and conservatories

In a statement, the institute’s immediate past president, Ruth Reed raised concern further changes to the planning system could threaten design quality.

The current chair of the RIBA planning group said: ‘While we await the finer details of the planning reforms announced by the Government today, we are concerned at the potential for further relaxation of planning rules to undermine the principles set out in the National Planning Policy Framework and in particular, the emphasis on design quality as a pillar of sustainable development.

‘Successful development-driven growth will be dependent on high quality development, creating places where people want to live and businesses want to invest.

She added: ‘Building much-needed new homes and infrastructure will be crucial in re-kickstarting the economy. The Review of Housing Standards announced today will therefore be crucial both in creating certainty and simplicity in housing standards, while also protecting the consumer by maintaining quality. We hope to continue our involvement in this work and look forward to working with developers and the government to find a good solution.’

The move – which would see a doubling of permitted development limits for extensions to homes – was announced today as part of a package of measures designed to boost house building.

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