Breaking News: Planning rules relaxed
In a surprise announcement on Saturday morning – just less than 24 hours after the Prime Minister resigned – the housing minister has confirmed that the temporary law has now been made permanent. The new relaxed law will allow more people to have a home they want without what he calls the “arduous” process of selling up and buying a larger property.
Under the rules, homeowners can put a single-storey rear extension on their property of up to six metres for terraced or semi-detached homes, or eight metres for detached homes.
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP says of this latest permitted development power: “[It] will help families extend their properties without battling through time-consuming red tape. By making this permitted development right permanent, it will mean families can grow without being forced to move.
“This is part of a package of reforms to build more, better, faster and make the housing market work – and sits alongside our drive to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020″
“This step will make it easier for families to build outwards rather than go through the arduous process of moving to a larger home”.
It seems to be great news for commercial properties also, as they too are seeing a reduction in red tape… As part of the reforms shops will now be able to change to office space without the need for a full planning application – a change which the government claims will bring “skilled professionals and their disposable income back to the high street.”
High Streets minister Jake Berry says: “Giving greater certainty to property owners and the wider industry, it will also help businesses adjust to the changing needs of the consumer.
“The move builds upon changes to the law which allow business owners to change the use of buildings from takeaways to new homes without undergoing a full planning application.”