Homeowners able to build larger extensions without planning permission.

Homeowners in England are now able to build larger extensions without planning permission.

The relaxation of the rules came into effect on 25th May, and allows for single-storey rear extensions of up to 6 metres for terraced or semi-detached homes, or 8 metres for detached homes.

A temporary suspension of the rules was already in place before they were made permanent last week.

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP commented that the change is “part of a package of reforms to build more, better, faster and make the housing market work - and sits alongside our drive to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.”

This is of course brilliant news for SAP assessors, as the abolishment of red tape will encourage more such extensions, and by extension (no pun intended), work for members.

So far over 110,000 extensions have been completed since 2014 under the previously temporary rules, and this may well significantly increase.

You can read the full release from MHCLG here

Article Published: 28th May 2019

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