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Government relaxes rules to boost building

Planning rules are to be relaxed in an attempt to provide a short-term boost for the building sector, the Government will announce today.

 Government relaxes rules to boost building

Homeowners and businesses will, for a limited time, be able to build much bigger extensions without planning permission than at present, under the changes to be unveiled today.

The new Permitted Development Rights will make it easier to extend a property since full planning permission will only now be needed for those extending beyond six or eight metres from the rear wall of the property, depending on whether it is terraced or detached. The current rule is 3m.

The aim is to make it easier for people to extend their homes and help kick-start the economy.

Other measures included are:

  • Removing restrictions on house builders to help unlock 75 000 homes currently stalled due to sites being commercially unviable. Developers who can prove that council’s costly affordable housing requirements make the project unviable will see them removed.

  • New legislation for Government guarantees of up to £40 billion worth of major infrastructure projects and up to £10 billion of new homes. The Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill will include guaranteeing the debt of Housing Associations and private sector developers.

  • Up to 15,000 affordable homes and bring 5,000 empty homes back into use using new capital funding of £300m and the infrastructure guarantee

    Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister said: “This is a Coalition Government, determined to get on with the job of delivering a healthier economy. Today’s major boost to housing and planning will make it easier to build a home, easier to buy a first home and easier to extend a home.

    “A boost that will get Britain building again. Building thousands of affordable homes and generating thousands of new jobs.”

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