The process of carrying out a property extension is set to become easier for homeowners in England after it was announced that a full planning application will no longer be required in many cases.
Indeed, a wide-reaching reforms package introduced in 2013 which allowed for larger home extensions has now been made permanent.
Additionally, business owners will be better placed to adapt to changing High Street trends thanks to the abolishment of restrictive planning rules.
It means that homeowners can extend their homes without a full planning application but they will have to provide consideration of the impact on neighbours. The rules state that a single-story rear property extension of up to six metres can be built on a terraced or semi-detached home, extending to eight metres for detached homes.
Since the rules were introduced, initially on a temporary basis, over 110,000 extensions have been completed. According to Housing Minister Kit Malthouse, the announcement will enable families the freedom to tailor their homes to meet their needs.
‘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,’ he said.
He also pointed out that this is part of wider plan to help the government deliver its aim of 300,00 homes a year by the mid-2020s as it is believed that encouraging families to renovate existing homes may see them stay put rather than moving.
The reforms also include permitted delivery rights to help business owners on the High Street in their bid to keep pace with customer spending trends, with shops now permitted to become office space without the need for a full planning application.
The thinking behind this is simply to add greater appeal to Britain’s beleaguered High Streets and attract skilled professionals with higher levels of disposable income whilst increasing the footfall for neighbouring traders.
‘Giving greater certainty to property owners and the wider industry, it will also help businesses adjust to the changing needs of the consumer,’ said High Streets Minister Jake Berry.
The move builds upon changes to the law which allow business owners to convert takeaways into new homes without the need for a full planning application.
He also argues that providing the High Street with the freedom it needs to prosper will increase diversity and consumer choice, allowing for temporary changes of use from typical shops and services if demand requires.