Fast-track planning permission for two-storey home extensions

21 July 2020, 07:24

Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, said he hoped people would use the powers to build additional bedrooms for growing families
Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, said he hoped people would use the powers to build additional bedrooms for growing families. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Homeowners will be able to fast-track extensions of up to two storeys under proposed planning rules which are set to be put before Parliament on Tuesday.

Families will be able to add an extra two floors to their homes without having to submit full planning permission in a move designed to speed up the building of new homes.

Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, said he hoped people would use the powers to build more 'granny flats' for elderly relatives or additional bedrooms for growing families, according to the Telegraph.

The shake-up of planning rules is set to come into force by Septemer will mean full planning applications will not be needed to demolish and rebuild unused buildings as homes, allowing commercial and retail properties to be quickly repurposed, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Homeowners will also be able to add up to two additional storeys to their home, to create new homes or more living space for growing families, through a fast track approval process - although there will be a requirement to "carefully consider the impact on neighbours and the appearance of the extension", said the department.

Mr Jenrick said: "We are reforming the planning system and cutting out unnecessary bureaucracy to give small business owners the freedom they need to adapt and evolve, and to renew our town centres with new enterprises and more housing.

"These changes will help transform boarded up, unused buildings safely into high-quality homes at the heart of their communities.

"It will mean that families can add up to two storeys to their home, providing much needed additional space for children or elderly relatives as their household grows."

The Cabinet minister said he hoped the change in the rules would reduce pressure to build on greenfield sites and deliver more homes that fit the character of their local area while also eliminating red tape.

Pubs, libraries, village shops and other buildings deemed essential to communities by ministers will not be covered by the loosening of the restrictions.

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