New Rules on House Extensions

The Ministry of Housing laid in Parliament new laws on 21st July 2020. The government is intending to add new homes and revitalise town centres by flexing red tape on house extension planning application.

The new rules will to take effect by September 2020. The purpose is to speed-up the process of demolishing and re-purposing empty buildings. This is to be achieved by scrapping the need for a full planning application.

House Extensions

Additionally, the new laws will help homeowners extend their houses easily. Thus, it has been decided to set up a fast-track approval process for planning applications. Homeowners will now be able to add up to 2 storeys to their houses to create new living space.

The government hopes this will help preserve green sites and create more homes that blend well with local areas, without lengthy bureaucratic procedures.

However, as LandlordZONE reports, “the new relaxed rules will not apply to Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs), which will still have to go through existing planning approval processes.”

The Plan

In July, the government is preparing to refresh and reform the old planning system to accommodate the need for new homes and greenery areas.

 Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

“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 2 storeys to their home, providing much needed additional space for children or elderly relatives as their household grows.”

It has also been announced that:

“Pubs, libraries, village shops and other buildings essential to communities will not be covered by these flexibilities, recognising these form part of the fabric of areas.”

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