Planning permission can be a real issue for homeowners, with
time consuming red tape sometimes meaning it can actually be easier, or quicker,
to move to a new property.
Planning permission laws changed in 2014, with temporary
rules allowing homeowners to add an extension without having to apply for
planning. The measures proved popular, and have now been made permanent.
How much can you
extend a house without planning permission?
Homeowners can now build a single-storey rear extension on
their property of up to six metres for terraced or semi-detached homes, or
eight metres for detached homes, without applying for planning permission.
What does this mean
Since relaxing the rules for planning permission in 2014,
over 110,000 extensions have been built. This is a great benefit for landlords
as they have greater flexibility in tailoring their rental property to attract tenants,
plus could help keep those tenants in the property longer term.
Is it only residential
Under the permitted development rights, property owners will
be allowed to convert shops into offices without having to go through the
planning process. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
have also softened planning rules to allow high street shops, offices and
betting shops to temporarily change to certain community uses such as libraries
or public halls.
Housing Minister, Kit
Malthouse, said: “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.
“This 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.”