Relaxed rules for house extensions could become permanent, says minister
Proposals to extend permitted development rights, dubbed a planning ‘free-for-all’, could be kept beyond the initial three year trial period, according to government sources
Newly appointed planning minister, Nick Bowles, has spoken out in support of proposals to change planning rights in the UK suggesting that, if accepted, the changes could be made permanent.
Announced last month, the proposals are part of measures to boost construction by doubling the size of extension which a home owner can build without planning consent.
The proposals have been the subject of much criticism from local authorities, who are concerned the changes could lead to unsightly and out of character development.
Bowles struck out at local councils, who have been vocal against the proposals, saying ‘I can see that it is a liberalisation but it is hardly a crime against humanity.’
He stressed that legislation on building regulations and access to light would remain in place.
An eight week consultation on the changes will begin within the next two weeks.
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