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Planning free-for-all faces setback as councils given permission to opt out

Government plans to extend permitted development rights have been upset in the House of Lords

During the third reading of the Growth and Infrastructure Bill yesterday (27 March), an amendment was introduced which will allow local councils to opt out of new planning rules.

Conservative peer Lord True introduced an amendment allowing local authorities to opt out if it ‘thinks that extending permitted development in gardens to this extent is not appropriate for its area’.

True criticised the planning proposals saying they could ‘take away the rights of immediate neighbours to have a say or to object’.

The plans which could see the limits for single-storey domestic extensions doubled from four to eight metres were announced as part of a package of measures to boost house building.

The government proposals which would double the size of house extensions that can proceed without planning permission have been widely criticized by the RIBA and several local councils.

The bill will now go back to the House of Commons for approval.

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