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Pickles backs down over home extensions

Objections from Tory and Lib Dem MPs has caused Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to back down over plans to double the maximum size of home extensions.
A “revised approach” will now be brought in to the proposals to ease planning restrictions in England for three years to boost the building trade.

Ministers announced last year that they wanted a three-year relaxation of the planning rules to allow single-storey extensions of up to eight metres for detached houses and six metres for other houses to be built without planning consent being required.

The revised plans are likely to include a requirement for neighbours to be consulted about building works.

Pickles is the subject of a Judicial Review, brought by the Association for the Conservation of Energy, for his u-turn over the “consequential improvement” rules.

The consequential improvements addition to the Building Regulations would have required households and businesses undertaking extension work to ensure their properties meet minimum energy efficiency standards.

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