The government has recently been discussing ways of kick starting the construction industry and there has been talk around the changing of the planning rules.
Back in September it was announced that the size of an extension subject to planning permission would be reduced as part of a temporary scheme. The maximum length of a single storey extension able to be built without planning permission would be increased to six metres from three metres, for detached properties this will be even larger and is to be extended from four to eight metres. Currently the plan is to hold these changes for the next three years giving residential and commercial property owners the opportunity to expand their premises much more easily.
In contrast the Communities and Local Government are concerned that the changes will create more confusion and also are not taking into consideration the neighbours of homeowners who wish to extend their properties. It also says that although the scheme would be temporary the changes would be permanent and have a continued impact on local communities.
Now, MPs have also said that the coalition has not made a strong enough case for these and want a range of options and ideas considered.
These reforms are expected to take out the majority of planning applications leaving about 160,000 application in the system.
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