Planners could block extension plan
12 Oct 2012 0

Government plans to temporarily relax rules on home extensions could be blocked by town hall planners, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

The coalition announced plans last month to relax permitted developments rights to allow property extensions of up to 8m, in an attempt to breathe new life into the construction sector.

But the LGA, which represents over 400 local councils in England and Wales, claimed the proposal would lead to “unsightly and out-of-place” developments springing up around the country.

“This policy potentially gives the green light to unsightly and out-of-place development without delivering a big enough boost to the construction industry to justify the potential damage,” the LGA’s Mike Jones told the Daily Mail.

“The planning process works to ensure development is suitable for a local area and doesn’t unduly impact neighbours.”

However, ministers have promised to open consultations on the controversial proposal before bringing them into place.

Planning minister Nick Boles said: “Our proposals will make it easier for thousands of hard-working families to undertake home improvements to cater for a growing family. It will also help generate new business for local construction companies and small traders.”