Developers and home owners
will be permitted to add up to two storeys to existing properties without
planning permission, if a proposal announced during the Conservative Party conference
Housing Minister Robert Jenrick made the announcement as part of a range of measures which he says are intended to increase housing supply, benefit small developers and allow families to extend their homes while reducing planning bureaucracy. The new permitted development right will at first be introduced for purpose built blocks of flats before being extended to detached houses.
Jenrick commented: “All
too often the planning system proves complicated, outdated and bureaucratic and
is too complex and costly for people and small businesses to navigate. This is
a barrier to building the homes that we need.
“I want to give families
the freedom they need to expand their homes and ensure small developers get a
fair chance to succeed.”
The measure, which was also announced in last October’s budget, will on the face of it be appealing to many developers. However, there are also likely to be many within the property industry who will express concerns about the impact such a move could have on housing quality.