A Conservative council is set to defy the government over a relaxation of planning rules for building extensions – great news for home owners, local builders and us a portable toilet hire company!!
The proposals, covering England and intended to boost the economy, will allow larger home and business extensions without planning permission.
But amid fears of a rash of ugly extensions, Richmond council officials in south-west London are considering ways to circumvent the policy.
Ministers said the “vast majority of councils” would approve the changes.
A month-long consultation is currently under way on the proposal to ease rules, for a three-year period, on developments including home extensions of up to 8 metres – compared with the current 3-4 metre limit on extensions without planning permission.