8M home extensions soon to be allowed without formal Planning permission?
Here is the latest on the so called 1 to 3 year trial revised PD rules for freeing up
the Planning system & to kick start the UK building industry - still gossip at the moment about the potential
householder permitted development changes being mooted:
The planning profession is sceptical on the fairness of this and even how it would be implemented. Would this
mean that after 12 months we/ our clients must all go back to 'normal' and have smaller extensions
again? How easy would all this be for local authorities to administer? How would enforcement prove an extension was
built during the 'amnesty'.
On the other hand, if this change is brought in at all, it could be very useful to create reasonably sized
extensions within the new size range, which have been refused before. Alternatively it might be used as a
bargaining tool on increasing relative sizes of replacement dwellings and proportion of garden take... etc and
Related to this, another government 'initiative' being mooted is to penalise planning
departments that are performing poorly on speed and quality.
Whether these are brought in or not, I think the greatest help might be more about the
signals the government is sending to local planning departments both to approve more development and to speed
So, some more moves afoot to add to our armoury when negotiating with planning departments I feel or is this all
'pie in the sky' for yet another Government U turn when they get some 'real world' feed back from the people and
professions at the sharp end of all this?
I would not be inclined to hold your breath on this one - if they couldn't get the detail & phrasing
right in the 2008 changes to PD what makes you think this latest 'aspiration for freeing up the planning system'
will be any better?
Here is a quick guide FAQ recently published by the Telegraph...
What are the current PD rules?
Under the “existing permitted development” rules, single-storey rear extensions and conservatories can
be constructed without planning permission as long as they do not extend more than a set distance beyond the rear
wall of the original house.
What is the distance?
No more than 3m (9.8ft) in a semi-detached home and 4m (13.1ft) in a detached property.
What is changing?
These limits will be doubled to 6m (19.7ft) for semi-detached homes, and to 8m (26.2ft) for detached
Will the changes apply to loft extensions?
No – just single-storey extensions.
Aren’t single storey extensions allowed without permission within certain space
Yes. Technical guidance says that permission is not required if the extension takes up less than 50
per cent of the property’s “surrounding area”. It is unclear how the new changes being announced today affect
Do the changes apply to properties in conservation areas, world heritage sites or areas of
outstanding natural beauty?
No. Permitted development rights are already more limited in these areas.
How much can it cost to get planning permission?
Typically, it costs £150 to obtain a planning consent, with any further professional fees – such as
architects’ charges – possibly running into thousands of pounds.
Why are the rules changing?
The Government wants to make it easier for people to develop their own homes, and remove the red tape
around asking for permission for modest extensions.
When will the changes take effect?
Possibly by the end of this year: the announcement is today and a consultation paper will be published
as early as next week. There will then follow a six-week consultation period to cover any technical issues. The
change will require a change to secondary legislation in Parliament.
Why are the plans limited for only three years?
The changes are time limited to 2015. This is to ensure that they provide a boost to the economy, by
forcing people to bring forward any development plans and start them in the next three years.
Could the changes become permanent?
Yes. Ministers want to review the proposals after three years. Officials say “nothing would stop a
successful policy being extended”.
And just released today (6/09/2012) - Here is the link to the supporting statement made by 'The Pickles Man himself' (God help the DCLG) !!!