Homeowners across England just got the green light from the Government to build far bigger extensions before planning permission is needed
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without needing to ask for permission first.
The new rules let homeowners put up a single-storey rear extension on of up to six metres for terraced or semi-detached homes – or eight metres for detached homes.
Before the new rules came in, you had to make planning applications to local councils for extensions this size – including an up front fee and waiting potentially months for a decision.
But the changes don’t stop there.
Restrictive planning rules have also been axed to help business owners respond quickly to changing trends on the high street.
Shops can now change to office space without needing for a full planning application.
You can also change the use of high street locations like shops, offices and betting shops into community centres like libraries and public halls temporarily without restrictions.
These rules were put into place temporarily 5 years ago, but have now been made permenant. Since 2014 110,000 extensions have been completed under these rules.
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse said: “These measures 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.”
Councillor Martin Tett, Local Government Association planning spokesman, said: “While we recognise building extensions under permitted development has been popular with home owners, the planning process exists for a reason.
“We do not believe this right should be made permanent until an independent review is carried out of its impact, both on neighbouring residents and businesses, and also the capacity of local planning departments.”
He continued: “The current process also means councils have limited opportunity to consider the impact of such extensions on the local area, because they don’t go through the full planning process.”
Extensions do still need to meet building regulations and health and safety standards.
In Northern Ireland and Scotland you can build single story extensions up to 4metres high and 3metres deep for terraces and 4metres for other properties.
In Wales the rules state single storey extensions cannot extend beyond the rear wall of your house by more than 4metres or be taller than 4metres.