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Red Tape cut to make permitted development permanent.

Home owners will continue to be allowed to carry on building large house extensions without full planning permission after the government announced it was making temporary rules permanent.

Under the present rules, home owners can put a single story rear extension on their property extending up to 6 metres for a terraced or a semi-detached home, or up to 8 metres for detached property.

Present housing minister Kit Malthouse said that the move will help homeowners to extend their properties, without battling through “time consuming red tape”.

He continues.. “by making this permitted development right permanent, it will mean families can grow without being forced to move”…..

At present records indicate that 110,000 extensions have been completed since 2014 under previously temporary rules.

The general feedback across the architectural industry has been mixed with some senior architectural designers noting that although it was “well intentioned” by the government it could lead to a “loss of control over design quality”.

Being able to skip the planning process, means that there is risk of the process of design being neglected, leading to “ill considered and poor quality schemes”

On the other hand, the permanent rules put in place have been welcomed by many in the industry, who note that the rules will continue to speed up projects avoiding even small projects having lengthy delays by overstretched councils.

France + Associates regularly use permitted development rules to reduce risk and increase the chances of planning success for clients with disabilities, who often require additional accommodation to meet their housing needs.

Notable success in recent months has seen France and Associates utilise relaxed planning rules, to extend a property to provide specialist accommodation within greenbelt, which would have been far more contentious with lengthy delays, had a full planning application been required. For further information on this application see the following link.


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