News: Housing Minister announces building boost as red tape is axed

By Stefanie Gerdes
May 30, 2019

May 2019: Thousands of homeowners will be able to extend their properties quickly and easily without the need for a full planning application, under rules made permanent this week.

In a wide-reaching package of reforms, rights allowing larger home extensions have been made permanent, following their initial introduction as temporary measures in 2013.

In addition, restrictive planning rules have also been axed, which will ensure business owners can respond quickly to changing trends on the high street.

Under the new rules, homeowners can put a single-storey rear extension on their property of up to 6 metres for terraced or semi-detached homes, or 8 metres for detached homes.

Over 110,000 extensions have been completed since 2014 under the previously temporary rules. Today’s announcement will mean more families can ensure their homes meet their specific needs.

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP said: “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.”