Bigger house extensions to be allowed without planning permission, but only in England

Relaxed planning laws to become permanent: home owners can build larger extensions without planning consent

An exterior shot of the kitchen extension with angled roof and flower beds with blue painted triangles on the sides
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The temporary rules that have allowed home owners to build larger extensions without planning consent since 2013 are being made permanent in England. Now, owners of terraced and semi-detached homes will be able to build extensions of up to 6m, and those who live in detached properties will be able to add up to 8m to their properties under permitted development. 

While the permitted development rules remove the need for lengthy planning permission applications, home owners are still required to notify their local council of the proposed changes to their property. The council then informs the neighbours about the proposed plans, giving them the chance to object. If objections are raised, it will be up to the council to decide whether the proposed plans interfere with the character of the neighbourhood, or the residents' enjoyment of it. 

These new rules will only apply in England; in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, all extensions of over 3 or 4m will still need full planning consent. 

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP, says, '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.'

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government is also removing the need for planning permission for commercial properties, specifically shops being converted into office space.  

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