Airspace Development Gains Boost, New Planning Rights Announced

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 is adopted.

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Jenrick commented: “All too often the planning system proves complicated, outdated and bureaucratic and is too complex and costly for people and small businesses to navigate.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.

Source The Times
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