Government to fight extensions opt-out!

Existing 'Permitted Development' sizes to be doubled in proposed legislation
Existing ‘Permitted Development’ sizes to be doubled in proposed legislation

The Planning Portal website announced today that the Government plans to fight an amendment laid down by the House of Lords to the Infrastructure Bill that could allow local authorities to ‘opt out’ of the proposals to allow house extensions up to eight metres in length without Planning Permission.

The Government feel that the amendment would only increase red tape and ultimately make it more expensive for families to improve their home.

The legislation will allow a relaxation of the permitted development allowance for a 3 year period for residential extensions. This means that for a detached house the maximum size for a single storey rear extension would increase from the current 4 metre maximum to 8 metres and from 3 metres to a maximum of 6 metres for all the rest.

ConstructAid advise that a “Lawful Development Certificate” is obtained from the Council as proof that the proposal was lawful at the time of construction. This is an important document that would be required should you wish to sell or mortgage the property in the future. Contact us if you require further information on Permitted Development.

ConstructAid would also advise that Building Regulation approval is still required and is not being relaxed as a result of this proposed change in the Permitted Development Rights.

Link to Article
http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2013/apr13/040413/04042013_1